Octavia Spencer to Receive “CinemaCon Spotlight Award”

Octavia Spencer

Universal Pictures to Release “Ma” on may 31, 2019

Washington D.C. ( March 18, 2019 ) -

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will receive this year’s “CinemaCon Spotlight Award.” Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, announced the award today. CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 1-4, 2019 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. Spencer will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, April 4, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, hosted by the Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon.

“From the moment she appeared on screen as Minny Jackson in ‘The Help,’ Octavia Spencer put Hollywood and movie audiences on-notice, leaving no doubt she would become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents,” Neuhauser said. “With her upcoming performance in the thriller ‘Ma,’ Spencer will prove once again that there is no role or genre that she cannot conquer, and we are honored to be able to present her with this year’s ‘CinemaCon Spotlight Award.’”

Spencer will next star in “Ma,” to be released by Universal Pictures on May 31, 2019. Sue Ann (Spencer) is a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie (Diana Silvers), a teenager new to town, to buy some booze for her and her friends. Seeing the chance to make some unsuspecting friends of her own, Sue Ann, offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don’t curse. Never go upstairs.  And call her “Ma.” But as Ma’s hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare. “Ma” also stars Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, McKaley Miller, Missi Pyle, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown. Directed by Tate Taylor, “Ma,” is written by Scotty Landes and is produced by Jason Blum for his Blumhouse Productions, and by Taylor and John Norris.

In addition to “Ma,” Spencer will star in several upcoming film projects including, “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” with Robert Downey, Jr., Oscar winners Rami Malek and Emma Thompson, and Antonio Banderas and Selena Gomez; the animated “Onward,” with Chris Pratt, Tom Holland and Julia Louis-Dreyfus; and Spencer will soon begin production on “The Witches,” Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, which also stars Oscar winner Anne Hathaway. Spencer recently starred in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” for which she received Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award nominations. Her previous film credits include “Instant Family”; “Hidden Figures,” for which she received Academy Awar , SAG Awards, Golden Globe and NAACP Image Award nominations; “Gifted”; the “Divergent” franchise; “Zootopia”; “The Help,” for which she won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award; “Fruitvale Station,” and “Get on Up,” just to name a few. She recently served as an executive producer on “Green Book,” which won the Oscar for Best Picture, and she is set to produce the upcoming film “Coffee Will Make You Black,” which stars Gabrielle Union.

About CinemaCon
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 6,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry –from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas – all on hand to celebrate the movie-going experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office.

CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its tradeshow partners. CinemaCon is also delighted to have as its official presenting sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company, one of the industry’s greatest and most highly regarded and respected partners in the world of the movies.

About NATO
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 33,393 movie screens in all 50 states and additional cinemas in 94 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theater owners.

Additional information on CinemaCon can be found at www.cinemacon.com.