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Octavia Spencer to receive ally award at 2021 Outfest L.A. LGBTQ Film Festival

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer has one other honor to add to her ever-growing assortment.

The Oscar-winning actress shall be honored at the 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, receiving the celebrated Outfest Annual James Schamus Ally Award, EW can completely reveal. The award shall be introduced at the Outfest L.A. closing evening gala on Sunday, Aug. 22 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Spencer tells EW she is “humbled to be acknowledged” with the consideration. “It is important to stand with your friends and give them the same respect you want for yourself. Being honored validates the way I feel everyone should be treated and hopefully encourages others to do the same,” she says.

Spencer, through her manufacturing firm Orit Leisure, is a producer of Proper to Strive, the documentary brief making its world premiere at this yr’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival. “I am always a big fan of the unsung hero, which is why I responded so strongly to Jeffrey Drew’s story in our film Right To Try. I am looking forward to seeing the film we are premiering with, AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman,” Spencer provides.

The actress, who will subsequent be seen within the second season of Apple TV+’s hit true crime drama Reality Be Advised, in addition to Amazon Studios’ sci-fi thriller Encounter, says she additionally believes in Outfest’s mission in honoring those who have uniquely contributed to LGBTQIA+ tales, arts, and media visibility. “It is important to open hearts and minds through authentic storytelling. Good stories can entertain while bringing change and providing hope,” she explains.

James Schamus was the primary straight ally to receive Outfest’s largest award, the Achievement Award, again in 2014 and the pageant later created this new award in his title to “honor the efforts of an individual in bringing LGBTQ stories to the forefront.” Previous honorees of the James Schamus award embody James Franco, Andra Day, and Rita Moreno. 

“In honoring Octavia, we are paying tribute to one of the most incredible, talented, and inspiring voices and storytellers of our generation,” mentioned Outfest Govt Director, Damien S. Navarro. “Her body of work is made up of such a diversity of roles, and has brought great empathy and opened conversations about aspects faced by many members of our QBIPOC community and audiences.”

The nation’s main LGBTQ pageant shall be held August 13-22, and can return to in-person screenings over a year-and-a-half after the pandemic started. Almost each movie may also be accessible for streaming for these at-risk or who stay exterior of the area.

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