Amy Poehler of “Inside Out 2” to Receive 2024 CinemaCon Vanguard Award

Star of Pixar’s Inside Out and the upcoming sequel, Inside Out 2, Amy Poehler is set to receive this year’s CinemaCon Vanguard Award this April.

What’s Happening:

  • Amy Poehler will receive this year’s CinemaCon Vanguard Award, Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, announced today.
  • CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 8-11, 2024, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Poehler will be presented with this special honor at the Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony taking place on the evening of Thursday, April 11, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and hosted by official presenting sponsor The Coca-Cola Company.
  • Poehler will return this summer as the voice of Joy in Pixar Animation Studio’s Inside Out 2, releasing only in theaters on June 14, 2024. Inside Out 2 sees the return to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions!
  • Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. Maya Hawke lends her voice to Anxiety along with a voice cast that includes Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith, Tony Hale, and Liza Lapira. Inside Out 2 is directed by Kelsey Mann and produced by Mark Nielsen.
  • Best known for her starring role in the Emmy-nominated comedy series Parks and Recreation, Poehler began her career studying improv in Chicago, where she eventually co-founded the sketch/improv troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade. She then joined the cast of SNL, where she became the first-ever cast member to receive an Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series,” earning this nomination two years in a row. Following her success on SNL, Poehler went on to star as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation — a role which earned her a Golden Globe Award, an American Comedy Award, a Gracie Award, and six consecutive Emmy nominations, along with two additional Golden Globe nominations and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her work on the show. 
  • Outside her film and television work, she released the New York Times Best Seller Yes Please, returned to SNL for an Emmy award-winning performance co-hosting alongside Tina Fey, and co-hosted the Golden Globe Awards. She also continues to produce the award-winning online website “Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls” and in the Spring of 2023, kicked off the Restless Leg Tour comedy show with Tina Fey.

What They’re Saying:

  • Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon: “Amy Poehler, in a most distinguished career, has been entertaining people on the big screen for over 20 years. She is one of the most versatile, recognizable, and talented performers of our generation who simply brings joy, happiness, and a smile to our faces with each new role. In 2015, we showcased Inside Out for the global exhibition community here at CinemaCon, and now, we can’t wait to see what new ground Amy and her fellow Emotions cover in the eagerly anticipated Inside Out 2. We are honored to present her with this year’s CinemaCon Vanguard Award.”

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Tony Betti
Originally from California where he studied a dying artform (hand-drawn animation), Tony has spent most of his adult life in the theme parks of Orlando. When he’s not writing for LP, he’s usually watching and studying something animated or arguing about “the good ole’ days” at the parks.