Lone Stars

The First Annual Texas Film Hall of Fame: Photos by Todd V. Wolfson

Lone Stars
Photo By Todd V. Wolfson

Marc English and Bob "Daddy-O" Wade designed the awards for the Texas Film Hall of Fame, hosted by Turk Pipkin and held at Austin Studios at the old airport on Friday, March 9.

Lone Stars
Photo By Todd V. Wolfson

"I'm sorry I didn't prepare anything to say tonight," honoree Sissy Spacek joked. "I didn't think I was going to win." The actress was introduced by her cousin Rip Torn, who avoided the microphone during his speech, preferring to gesture wildly as he walked back and forth across the stage. His unexpected (and perhaps unintentional) pantomime drew some of the night's most enthusiastic applause.

Lone Stars
Photo By Todd V. Wolfson

Liz Smith's first story as a writer for UT's humorous publication Texas Ranger was about Austin actor Zachary Scott, who eventually helped Smith land her first job in New York. Smith received a warm and (of course) funny introduction from former Gov. Ann Richards.

Lone Stars
Photo By Todd V. Wolfson

"Despite the auteur theory, movies are not made alone," said recipient Robert Benton, writer (Bonnie and Clyde) and director (Kramer vs. Kramer). Benton was introduced by Dr. T and the Women screenwriter Anne Rapp, who worked as script supervisor on Benton's Places in the Heart.

Lone Stars
Photo By Todd V. Wolfson

Recipient Mike Simpson's clients Tim Burton (via videotape) and Quentin Tarantino described him as the kind of agent who doesn't act like an agent.

Lone Stars
Photo By Todd V. Wolfson

"I believe with all my heart that storytelling is a high calling," said recipient Bill Wittliff, screenwriter of Lonesome Dove and last summer's The Perfect Storm. "Indeed, I think it is a noble calling."

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Screens
Austin Artist Brings Gamera to Vibrant Life in a New Box Set
Austin Artist Brings Gamera to Vibrant Life in a New Box Set
Matt Frank builds the perfect monster

Richard Whittaker, Aug. 28, 2020

SXSW Film
SXSW Film Reviews: 'Lunarcy!'
Daily Reviews and Interviews

Wayne Alan Brenner, March 15, 2013

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

texas film hall of fame, sissy spacek, rip torn, bill wittliff, mike simpson, quentin tarantino, liz smith, ann richards, robert benton, anne rapp

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle