The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences has announced the candidates for its 2017 annual awards for voice over, the Voice Arts Awards. The awards gala will be held on the 5th of November at the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City where outstanding voice talents are recognized by voice over in nearly 100 award categories.
Emmy award winning director and SOVAS CEO Rudy Gaskins shared, “We are thrilled to bring the show to Lincoln Center. This year’s Voice Arts Awards includes many of the top names in entertainment and there is no better venue to showcase their amazing accomplishments in voiceover,”
The Voice Arts Awards, on its fourth year, will award this year’s Icon for Lifetime Achievement to Bob Bergen, the current voice of Warner Bros. Porky Pig and Tweety Bird. The Icon Award will be presented by Lily Tomlin who served together with Bergen as governors at the Television Academy Peformers Peer Group.
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will receive the Muhammad Ali’s Voice of Humanity Honor from actor Keith David. Burns’ documentaries have earned him two Academy Award nominations and won Emmy Awards for his work Baseball (1994) and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009).
This year’s Backstage Vanguard Award will be given to voice over legend Nancy Cartwright ahead of the gala during That’s Voiceover! Career Expo at Times Center on the 4th of November. Cartwright is well-known for her long-running voice role as Bart Simpson. Besides The Simpsons, Cartwright has also voiced numerous animated characters such as Rufus in Kim Possible, Todd Daring in The Replacements, and Charles “Chuckie” Finster, Jr. in Rugrats and All Grown Up!
Some of the nominees for their respective categories are Cristela Alonzo and Owen Wilson for Cars 3, Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad for VO Buzz Weekly, and Jonathan Ramirez for NatGeo Mundo.
The full list of categories and nominees is available here.