The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards will be giving Dustin Hoffman the "Hollywood Breakthrough Director Award," at this year's awards gala.
Hoffman has long harbored a desire to direct a film, and having only ever done so on stage, he can officially call himself a Director this year with the release of his first feature film, Quartet.
Debuting at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, the film stars Dame Maggie Smith , Sir Tom Courtenay , Pauline Collins , Billy Connolly , and Sir Michael Gambon . Based on the play by Ronald Harwood , the film follows four retired opera singers as they attempt to put on a concert to save their beloved home -- and celebrate Verdi's birthday in the process.
Of his experience with the first time director, Connolly explains, "Dustin's a brilliant director because he's such a brilliant actor, so he directs like an actor."
The fim is due out on December 28 on a limited release.
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