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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Education - Opportunities - Youth & Community Support

It's awards season again in Hollywood South..!

Oh what a night!
2017 Hollywood South Awards Gala celebrations galore


A full house at the 2017 Hollywood South Awards Gala, organised by The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation in conjunction with the Background Actors Guild (BAG), reflected just why Hollywood South is bouncing back - not that it ever went away.

The awards are presented in recognition of individual talent and commitment to the movie, theater, broadcasting, and voice-over industries in Louisiana and region - and talent was there a-plenty on Saturday evening (November 4th) as the best of the best turned out on the red carpet for the FIFTH annual gala - the major social event in the calendar for Hollywood South.

Keynote speaker Stephen James, who organized and hosted the event on behalf of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, emphasized in his speech the importance of youth to the development of Hollywood South, and the role of all who work in the region's movie and related industries to encourage and foster the enthusiasm of junior performers.

Guest speaker, acting coach Jim Gleason, also praised the people of the industry for making being among "the best in the world", while casting director Brent Caballero also acknowledged the hard work which people in the region's industry put into making Hollywood South a worldwide success.

The winners of this year's NVT Legends Award were Adella Gauthier and Carol Sutton, who have a combined 80-year career in film and television and are original members of Dashiki Project Theatre, a premier African American theatre company which was legendary in New Orleans in the 60s and 70s.

The main award - the NVT Top Performer Award 2017 went to Casey Groves - a previous NVT Award nominee - for his total commitment to the industry as one of the region's leading acting coaches and a staunch supporter of the community.

The 2017 Movie Actor Award went to Diana Boylston, President of the New Orleans Region of SAG-AFTRA, not only for her professionalism as a performer herself, but also for her unstinting work in the industry throughout her career to support rising performers

And the venue was magnificent - recently-refurbished from the former Gretna Main Post Office, The Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts provided the perfect backdrop for the gala as a jewel in the crown of Louisiana Arts venues.

From trophy sponsor Lisa Fuller, Actors Choice Talent Agency:  "The Awards were great again this year!  I really enjoy these events, because it is a great networking opportunity and a chance to see what everyone has been doing for the past year.

"To me sponsoring an award is a big deal, to have my name associated with an award that will go to the person who is the best in their category is not only an honor for the talent, but also for myself.  

"The icing on the cake of the whole event is that it is all to support the Louisiana Film Industry!"

2017 NVT Award Winners

NVT Louisiana Star Performer Award: 
Casey Groves
NVT Louisiana Movie Actor Award: 
Diana Boylston 
NVT Legends Award: 
Adella Gauthier and Carol Sutton 
NVT Junior Performer Award*: 
Hrilina Ramrakhiani
NVT Voice Talent Award**: 
Ernest Robertson Jnr
NVT Cast Award: 
Jack Quarles
NVT Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award:
Ellen Johnson

*Sponsored by Actors Choice Talent Agency. Denham Springs, LA. and MTA Agency, New Orleans.
**Sponsored by NOVA:The New Orleans Voice Agency, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Background Actors Guild (BAG) Award Winners

Casting of the year 
Caballero Rikki 
BAG Female Stand IN 
Lisa Salzar 
Tonty Beard 
Bag To SAG 
Dynamic Duo: 
Elton and Cynthia Leblanc 
Heliping Hand Shana Fincher 
New to the Biz 
Connie Lombardo 
Best Use of a Body Part 
Mark Hardin 
Featured Female 
Featured Male 
Pierre Cavalier Jr. 
Ninja Award 
Jacki Harris 
Ron Patterson 
BAG Female 
Natasha Moreland 
Lifetime Achievement 
Robert Bennett
information supplied by Background Actors Guild