Jane Lynch heads Chicago Film Critics Awards Feb. 9

Awardee Jane Lynch

Hometown girl Jane Lynch (Glee) is being honored as Comedia Extraordinaire at the Chicago Film Critics Association 24th Annual Awards Presentation Saturday, Feb. 9.

Muvico Theatres in Rosemont is the venue, touted as the “world’s premier movie experience” and built to replicate the Art Deco palaces of the Golden Age of Hollywood. 

The show’s host is Mark DeCarlo, correspondent for ABC/7’s Windy City Live, and the voice of claymation character Jimmy Neutron, in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron.

The CFCA, a non-profit organization with 48 members, put Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty on the top of list of winners, taking best picture, best director, best actress, best original screenplay and best editing honors.

Dann Gire, award-winning film critic of the Daily Herald is the longtime president of the 48-member CFCA and Sharee Pemberton is executive producer of the show.   

The Big Shoulders’ Award goes to Columbia College as a Chicago organization that supports the arts and the film industry.  Last year Second City was lauded on its 50th Anniversary, while Kartemquin Films, Facets, the Chicago, Latino and Children’s International Film Festivals have been past recipients. 

The Commitment to Chicago Award will be accepted by Columbia College graduates director George Tillman, Jr. and executive producer Robert Teitel, of State Street Films.  The award will be presented by newcomer actress, Columbia alum Nadine Velazquez (Flight).

The movies they made in Chicago include Barbershop,

Barbershop II, Soul Food, Beauty Shop and Roll Bounce. Tillman produced Chicago-made Nothing like the Holidays also directed Men of Honor and Notorious.

Comedian/actor Joe Piscopo (Saturday Night Live) will join DeCarlo in the music arena a comedic edge.  DeMarco is putting together a Blues Band for the show with some of the town’s top talents. 

Tickets are $99 and $50; dinner Muvico’s restaurant, Bogart’s, $35.  Dinner at 5:30 p.m., awards show, 7:30 p.m.

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