Oscar winner Gray Frederickson and James Marsden to receive inaugural awards.

Oklahoma City’s Gray Frederickson and Putnam City’s James Marsden will be honored with the inaugural Oklahoma Film ICON Awards at the 2012 deadCENTER Film Festival.

Oscar winner Gray Frederickson produced THE GODFATHER, PART II, THE OUTSIDERS and APOCALYPSE NOW before returning to Oklahoma to start the film program at Oklahoma City Community College and open Graymark Productions. Frederickson is executive producer on two films at this year’s festival, THE GRAND ENERGY TRANSITION about Robert Hefner and JUST CRAZY ENOUGH, a comedy starring Chris Kattan as twins.

Two time Oscar winner Albert S. Ruddy (THE GODFATHER, MILLION DOLLAR BABY) will be in Oklahoma City to present Gray with his ICON award on Opening Night at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Thursday, June 7, 8:00pm, before the screening of AI WEI WEI: NEVER SORRY. Ruddy and Frederickson will also host a discussion about producing The Godfather films on Friday, June 8, following the screening of SIDE BY SIDE, also at the OKC Museum of Art.

Matinee idol James Marsden will be honored with an Oklahoma Film ICON Award on Saturday, June 9, before the free outdoor screening of UNDER AFRICAN SKIES at the Myriad Gardens Grand Lawn.

James Marsden was born in Stillwater, went to high school at Putnam City North and attended Oklahoma State University before leaving our great state to try his luck in Hollywood. His good looks landed him modeling jobs for Versace. But, it was his great talent as an actor and renowned work ethic that led him to become one of the most successful actors working in film today.

James Marsden’s filmography plays like a greatest hits collection for both women and men, with unforgettable turns in THE NOTEBOOK, HAIRSPRAY, ENCHANTED, 27 DRESSES, SUPERMAN RETURNS and three X-MEN movies as Cyclops. Marsden has been nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award, Teen Choice Award, MTV Movie Award, Saturn Award, Blockbuster Entertainment Award and the Broadcast Film Critics Award for his work in six different films. Marsden stars in one film at this year’s deadCENTER Film Festival, the Sundance winning ROBOT AND FRANK, which plays Sunday night, June 10, at 8:30pm at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas.

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