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Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award, presented by Variety, is given in recognition of an industry innovator: one whose work on-screen or behind the camera embodies the trailblazing spirit. The Award builds upon the legacy of artists who are part of Sun Valley’s richly cinematic history: figures such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Ernest Hemingway. Previous winners include Mark Duplass and Kate Bosworth.  

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2019 Honoree

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul is best known for his Emmy award-winning role as Jesse Pinkman on the acclaimed television series, “Breaking Bad,” and as protagonist Eddie Lane in the Hulu drama series “The Path.” Paul first appeared in the HBO drama “Big Love” alongside SVFF alum Bill Paxton and also appears as the voice of Todd Chavez in the animated series, “Bojack Horseman.” He will next star in Apple’s highly anticipated thriller series “Are You Sleeping” alongside Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan and he is set to appear in the third season of HBO’s hit series, “Westworld.” Paul’s feature film credits include “Mission: Impossible III,” “Need for Speed,” “A Long Way Down” and “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Central Intelligence” and the upcoming “The Parts You Lose.” Born in Emmett, Idaho, Paul is beloved by Idaho filmmakers and enthusiasts for his riveting on-screen performances and inspirational career.

Past Recipients

Kate Bosworth

Mark Duplass