LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The hirsute star of Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” will receive a special honor at the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards on January 9. The Broadcast Film Critics Assn., the group behind the event, created the Distinguished Achievement in Performing Arts Award to recognize what it called “the singular achievement in creating this character, representing a revolutionary leap forward in synthesizing visual effects with an actor’s performance.” “Many BFCA members wanted to vote for Kong for best actor because they were so impressed by the astonishing way in which he expresses love, lust, humor and rage in the tradition of the finest human actors,” BFCA president Joey Berlin said. The award will be accepted by Andy Serkis, the actor who breathed life into Kong. Jackson and his crew are creating new footage for the event. [More]