Amy Poehler to Receive 2024 CinemaCon Vanguard Award for Distinguished Career in Entertainment

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Amy Poehler to Receive 2024 CinemaCon Vanguard Award for Distinguished Career in Entertainment
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It was announced today that Amy Poehler will receive this year's CinemaCon® Vanguard Award. The announcement was made by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon.

Poehler will be presented with this special honor at the Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, April 11, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and hosted by official presenting sponsor The Coca-Cola Company. CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 8-11, 2024, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. 

"Amy Poehler, in a most distinguished career, has been entertaining people on the big screen for over 20 years", noted Neuhauser. "She is one of the most versatile, recognizable, and talented performers of our generation who simply brings joy, happiness, and a smile to our faces with each new role. In 2015, we showcased Inside Out for the global exhibition community here at CinemaCon, and now, we can't wait to see what new ground Amy and her fellow Emotions cover in the eagerly anticipated Inside Out 2. We are honored to present her with this year's CinemaCon Vanguard Award." 

This summer, Poehler is set to reprise her role as the voice of Joy in Disney and Pixar's Inside Out 2, scheduled for an exclusive theatrical release on June 14, 2024. The sequel follows the return to the mind of teenager Riley, encountering unexpected changes in headquarters, introducing new Emotions including Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke. The cast also includes Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith, Tony Hale, and Liza Lapira. Directed by Kelsey Mann and produced by Mark Nielsen.

Renowned for her Emmy-nominated role in Parks and Recreation, Poehler began her career in Chicago's improv scene, co-founding the Upright Citizens Brigade. Her journey continued on SNL, where she made history with consecutive Emmy nominations. Transitioning to Parks and Recreation, Poehler garnered accolades, including a Golden Globe, American Comedy Award, Gracie Award, and numerous Emmy nominations.

Her film repertoire encompasses titles like The House, Sisters, Wet Hot American Summer, and Mean Girls. Poehler's voice talents extend to Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Monsters vs. Aliens, Horton Hears a Who!, and Shrek the Third. She ventured into directing with Wine Country, Moxie, and Lucy & Desi.

As the founder of Paper Kite Productions, Poehler has contributed to projects like First Time Female Director, Baking It, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, Harlem, Russian Doll, Three Busy Debras, Duncanville, and Making It. Paper Kite Podcasts, in collaboration with Cadence 13 and Audacy, is the latest addition to her creative ventures.

Beyond the entertainment realm, Poehler authored the New York Times Best Seller "Yes Please," co-hosted the Golden Globe Awards, and co-hosted SNL with Tina Fey, earning an Emmy. She actively manages "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls" and embarked on the Restless Leg Tour comedy show with Tina Fey in Spring 2023.


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