CinemaCon has selected Ansel Elgort to be the recipient of their 2017 Male Star of Tomorrow Award. CinemaCon, the annual convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), chose to recognize Elgort for his upcoming roles in Baby Driver with Lily James and Billionaire Boys Club with Kevin Spacey. Elgort will receive the award during the Big Screen Achievement Awards on March 30, 2017 at Caesars Palace.
“Having already appeared on the big screen in the breakout teen hit The Fault in Our Stars and in the Divergent series, Ansel Elgort is poised to break into leading man status with his upcoming roles in Baby Driver and Billionaire Boys Club,” said CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. “A talented young actor we could not be more thrilled to honor with this year’s ‘Male Star of Tomorrow Award.’”
Elgort’s credits also include Men, Women & Children and 2013’s Carrie.
CinemaCon previously announced Goldie Hawn is the 2017 Icon Award winner, Charlie Hunnam will receive the Male Star of the Year award, and Brenton Thwaites is this year’s Breakthrough Performer. Chris Meledandri will receive the Producer of the Year award and Jessica Chastain has earned the 2017 Female Star of the Year award. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg have been selected to receive the CinemaCon International Filmmakers of the Year award.
The Baby Driver Plot: A talented, young getaway driver (Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. Also starring are Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, with Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx.