WASHINGTON D.C. -- Elizabeth Banks will receive the "CinemaCon® Award For Excellence In Acting" at this year's CinemaCon, it was announced today by the convention's Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the largest and most important convention for the motion picture theatre industry, will be held from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas at which time more than 5,000 industry members will be gathering. Banks will be presented with this special honor at the "CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards" ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The Coca-Cola Company, the official presenting sponsor of CinemaCon, will host the final night gala awards program.
"One of Hollywood's most versatile actresses, Elizabeth Banks has captured moviegoing audiences' attention across the globe with her spot-on portrayals of a diverse array of characters," noted Neuhauser. "From First Lady Laura Bush in ‘W.,' to an emotionally charged pregnant woman in ‘What to Expect When You're Expecting,' to the highly fashionable and eccentric Capitol Escort Effie Trinket in ‘The Hunger Games,' Banks embraces each role unlike no other actress out there. We are thrilled to be able to honor her this year with the ‘CinemaCon Award for Excellence in Acting.'"
Banks will reprise her highly anticipated role as Effie Trinket later this fall in the Lionsgate release "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," coming to theatres on November 22. The film begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
With a graduate degree from the American Conservatory Theater, Banks has graced the stage, small screen and big screen. On the big screen, she can be seen in such diverse films as "Pitch Perfect," "The Hunger Games," "What to Expect When You're Expecting," "People Like Us," "Our Idiot Brother," "W.," "Zack and Miri Make A Porno," "Seabiscuit" and "Catch Me If You Can," to name a few. On the small screen, Banks is a two-time Emmy Award nominee for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series' for her performance as ‘Avery Jessup' on "30 Rock." She has also appeared on "Modern Family" and in a recurring role on "Scrubs." Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theater productions as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of "Summer & Smoke." In 2006, Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge's comedy "Bus Stop," as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.