2013 is a big year for Chris Pine with Star Trek Into Darkness in May and Jack Ryan in December. And heading these two franchises has earned Pine the Male Star of The Year award from the National Association of Theater Owners.
Pine Named CinemaCon Star Of The Year
The National Association of Theater Owners has announced that Star Trek Into Darkness star Chris Pine will receive the “CinemaCon® Male Star of the Year Award” at this year’s CinemaCon. The annual CinemaCon is the largest convention for the motion picture theatre industry, held this year from April 15-18, 2013 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Pine will be presented with this special honor at the “CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards” ceremony on Thursday evening, April 18, in The Coliseum at Caesars Palace.
Chris Pine in "Jack Ryan" (L) and "Star Trek Into Darkness" (R)
“With this summer’s ‘Star Trek Into Darkness,’ the eagerly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s ‘Star Trek,’ and then at year-end, the release of ‘Jack Ryan,’ without a doubt, 2013 is going to be Chris Pine’s year,” said CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser in a statement. “Chris Pine has emerged as one of Hollywood’s hottest and most accomplished young actors and CinemaCon is thrilled to honor him as its 2013 ‘Male Star of the Year.’”
Past recipients of ‘Male of Star of the Year’ include Ryan Reynolds and Jeremy Renner. Other honorees this year include Harrison Ford (Lifetime Achievement), Armie Hammer (Male Star of Tomorrow), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Breakthrough Filmmaker) and Kathleen Kennedy (Pioneer of the Year).
Pine getting the Star of the Year award for 2013 almost seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy for the theater owners association who awarded Chris with the "Male Star of Tomorrow" award at their 2009 convention (called ShoWest at the time). 2009 was of course Pine’s breakout year, starring in JJ Abrams Star Trek.
Pine winning "Male Star of Tomorrow" Award at ShoWest – April 2, 2013