2023 honored guests
Actor Wes Bentley currently stars as Jamie Dutton on the hit Paramount Network series Yellowstone opposite Kevin Costner and Kelly Reilly. The series, from writer and director Taylor Sheridan, is currently the No. 1 show on television, averaging more than 11 million viewers per episode. A Jonesboro, Ark., native, Bentley participated in drama club and cultivated a specific interest in improvisational comedy while attending Sylvan Hills High School in the Little Rock suburb of Sherwood. At his mother's urging, Bentley attended Juilliard School in New York after his high school graduation but dropped out after a year to pursue his acting career.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Determined and accomplished are two words that best describe Golden Globe Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Sarah Michelle Gellar. After beginning her career as a child actress, Gellar has remained a leader on the small screen. A veteran of television, theater, and film, her long list of credits has helped her build and maintain her status in the industry. Gellar is well known for her television work, including her role as the iconic titular character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, an Emmy-winning stint on ABC's All My Children, and starring appearances in CBS's The Crazy Ones opposite Robin Williams and The CW's Ringer. No stranger to the voice-over world, Gellar has lent her voice to the films Happily N'Ever After and TMNT as well as Adult Swim's Robot Chicken, Fox's The Simpsons and American Dad, and Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels.
Variety Showrunner Award
Sterlin Harjo is an award-winning filmmaker from Holdenville, Oklahoma. Now based in Tulsa, Harjo is the co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner of FX's Reservation Dogs, a comedy series following four Indigenous teenage friends living on a reservation in Oklahoma. Harjo, a member of the Seminole Nation with Muscogee heritage, has created and directed five feature-length films in his career. Each of his films is set in Oklahoma and addresses contemporary Indigenous experiences. His first, the drama Four Sheets to the Wind, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian, Craig Robinson first made his mark on the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. Now headlining venues and festivals across the country, he does both solo acts as well as full-band sets with The Nasty Delicious. Best known for his portrayal of Darryl Philbin in NBC's The Office, Robinson has also starred in the films Knocked Up, This Is the End, Hot Tub Time Machine and its sequel, Morris from America, Tragedy Girls, Dolemite Is My Name!, Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, Songbird, and The Bad Guys.