Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren and director Taylor Hackford aren’t newcomers on the red carpet, but this time the couple walked it with the 400 guests who attended the May 24 gala at Loews Chicago Hotel (455 N. Park). Co-chairs Candace Jordan, Helen Melchior and Gigi Pritzker welcomed attendees before journalist Bill Kurtis led an intimate conversation with the guests of honor onstage, awarding the husband-and-wife duo the Gold Hugo for Career Achievement. Proceeds from the event benefit film education and outreach programs.
Save the date: Cinema/Chicago is the parent company of The Chicago International Film Festival. Mark your calendar for the 53rd annual fest Oct. 12-26. For tickets, visit Chicagofilmfestival.com.
Photos by Timothy M. Schmidt and Mila Samokhina