Natalie Portman is among a group selected for honors this year by the Independent Film Project; others honored will include actor Stanley Tucci and director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). (The Envelope)
Each of the honorees has a lengthy career in independent film; Bigelow has alternated between offbeat and art-house fare ("The Loveless," "Near Dark," "The Weight of Water") and Hollywood products ("Point Break," "K19 The Widowmaker") throughout her career. Her most recent effort is the critical and festival hit "The Hurt Locker."Oscar-nominee Portman has also kept a foot in both worlds, with credits including "Garden State" and the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, while Tucci -- one of the top character actors working today -- has maintained an interest in independent film from both sides of the camera. As an actor, he has appeared in features including the recent "Julie and Julia," the upcoming "Lovely Bones," "Road to Perdition" and countless others. He has also directed or co-directed such indie favorites as "Big Night," "The Imposters" (both with Campbell Scott) and the upcoming "Hunter."