Chris Hemsworth Presents Prestigious Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII® Genius Award to Film Icon Ron Howard at 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

LOUIS XIII & Broadcast Film Critics Association Honour the ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ Director for Demonstrating Unprecedented Excellence in the Cinematic Arts    

LOUIS XIII Cognac and the Broadcast Film Critics Association proudly bestowed the third annual "Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award" to legendary filmmaker Ron Howard this evening, presented by actor Chris Hemsworth at the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony. LOUIS XIII Cognac is celebrated globally as a genius blend and is committed to recognizing outstanding talent in other creative areas.

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After three decades and 24 distinctive films, Ron Howard’s approach to making films is truly genius. Howard creates movies inspired by real characters and events and turns their stories into intense cinematic experiences for audiences worldwide. In 2013, "Rush", starring Hemsworth, finds new visual ways to illustrate the connection between driver and racecar. In "A Beautiful Mind", which earned Howard an Academy Award for directing, he puts viewers through the head-spinning exhilaration of John Nash as he solves math problems. Following the success of "A Beautiful Mind", Howard delivered "The Missing", a brutally powerful Western, followed a few years later by the controversial blockbuster conspiracy thriller, "The Da Vinci Code", then the captivating historical piece, "Frost/Nixon".

Howard’s directing career demonstrates the sheer variety of genres he explores. His films feel uniquely American as they focus on tough, heroic figures that refuse to accept defeat, as seen in "Apollo 13" and "Cinderella Man". Howard surprises the audience with each picture and with his new project, "In the Heart of the Sea", he embraces these familiar attributes. As his sixth film based on a real story, it’s inspired by the events that caused Herman Melville to write Moby Dick, and stars Chris Hemsworth as the ship’s dauntless first mate. Later this year, Howard will transport audiences to the sixties for an upcoming documentary about the Beatles.

"Ron Howard is a cinematic genius and someone who has paved the way for many filmmakers today," said Joey Berlin, president of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which presents the Critics’ Choice Awards. "Ron’s films truly speak to his work ethic and attention to detail. We expect his upcoming project about the inspiring real life story behind Moby Dick to be a notable continuation of his legacy."

"We are very pleased to recognize Ron Howard with the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award," said Ludovic du Plessis, Global Executive Director, LOUIS XIII. "Mr. Howard’s craftsmanship, dedication to quality and ability to continually inspire with timeless storytelling resonate with generations of audiences around the world."

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About LOUIS XIII de Remy Martin 

LOUIS XIII Cognac was created in 1874. It is an intricate alchemy blended from 1,200 eaux-de-vie, created from grapes grown in the chalky soils of Grande Champagne, the best growing area of the Cognac region, France. This cognac ages up to 100 years in specially crafted barrels called tierçons. Four generations of cellar masters have worked to oversee the unique blend, which evokes tasting notes and scents of myrrh, honey, immortelle, plum, honeysuckle, wood bark, leather and passion fruits.

About The Broadcast Film Critics Association: 

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 270 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film going public. The very first opinion a moviegoer hears about new releases at the multiplex or the art house usually comes from one of its members.