PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Matt Dillon was honored with the 2006 Ray-Ban Visionary Award, which was presented yesterday in Park City, Utah, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge. The evening was presented by The Creative Coalition and Hollywood Life and concluded with a special performance by hot young breakout artist singer/songwriter Anna Nalick. Matt Dillon received the award from actress Lili Taylor, with whom he worked on "Factotum," which is being featured at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Honoree Matt Dillon was joined by some of the most influential personalities in the entertainment industry including Dennis Hopper, Joe Pantoliano, Gus Van Sant, Keanu Reeves, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Rappaport, Kate Walsh, D.B. Sweeney, Hill Harper and Giancarlo Esposito.
The Ray-Ban Visionary Award honors the work and dedication of an individual who possesses extraordinary passion, creativity and leadership, and whose work showcases vision, imagination and originality. Previous award winners include Kevin Bacon, Colin Callender, President of HBO Films and Mark Ordesky, EVP/COO New Line Productions and President of Fine Line Features.
Matt Dillon's successful film career has spanned over two decades and has showcased his wide range of dramatic and comedic talents. From his breakthrough performance in "The Outsiders," to his IFP Spirit Award winning performance in "Drugstore Cowboy," to his hilarious turn as an obsessed private investigator in "There's Something About Mary," he has proven himself to be one of the most diverse actors of his generation. His talent for balancing starring roles with powerful supporting characters has allowed him to build a varied and critically acclaimed body of work.
Dillon most recently displayed his versatility with an arresting performance co-starring as a racist cop in the critically acclaimed film "Crash," for which he received a Golden Globe nomination in the "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" category. He is currently starring in "Factotum," starring Lili Taylor, Fischer Stevens and Marisa Tomei, which is being featured at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Dillon will be seen next starring opposite Kate Hudson, Owen Wilson, and Michael Douglas in the upcoming Universal Pictures comedy "You, Me and Dupree."
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The Creative Coalition is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating and mobilizing its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, arts advocacy, and runaway production. Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.
Hollywood Life magazine, the ultimate source for Hollywood life, is known for its distinctive look and independent edge. Hollywood Life commends the recipient of The Visionary Award for his sheer talent and innovative contributions to film.