IPA News Item

Canadian Youth Named Breakthrough Performer by Satellite Awards

Antoine-Olivier PilonThe 17-year-old Antoine-Olivier Pilon who portrayed a violent youth in the Canadian film “Mommy” is being honored with the International Press Academy’s special Breakthrough Performance Award.

“Mommy,” by writer-director Xavier Dolan, follows the teen with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and his widowed single mother. Pilon’s major role catapults him into a short list of young actors to keep an eye on for future success.

The movie won the Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Pilon previously appeared in “Memoires vives” and “Pee-Wee 3D: The Winter That Changed My Life.”

The Satellite’s Breakthrough Performance Awards have been given to stars in the past such as Rupert Friend for “The Libertine,” Arie Verveen for “Caught,” Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station,” Sophie Nelisse in “The Book Thief” and Quevenzhane Wallis in “Beasts on the Southern Wild.”

The International Press Academy is among the largest and most diverse associations of professional entertainment journalists representing both domestic and foreign markets in print, television, radio, cable and new media outlets.

The 19th Annual Satellite Awards will be presented by the International Press Academy on Sunday, January 15, 2015 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Calif. For more information and a complete list of nominees, go to www.pressacademy.com.