The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) has honored actor Haley Joel Osment with the Independent Career Achievement Award, for his work in independent studio films, major studio releases, television shows, web series, and video games. The award was presented at EMA’s 2014 Independent Product Market at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California this week.
"Haley Joel Osment is one of the most versatile actors of his generation and has demonstrated a commitment to independent films through his roles in movies such as Home of the Giants, Misadventures of the Dunderheads, Sassy Pants, and the upcoming The World Made Straight, Sex Ed, and Me Him Her.” said EMA President & CEO Mark Fisher. "We are pleased to recognize him for his diverse career choices."
Haley Joel Osment had his first major movie role at the age of 11 in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense. In 2000, Osment went on to star in Pay It Forward, Steven Spielberg’s 2001 sci-fi drama, A.I., and Secondhand Lions.
In 2008, Osment made his Broadway debut in the revival of David Mamet’s, American Buffalo, and then took a break from acting and studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Theatre. In 2013, Osment returned to acting in Amazon Studio’s new comedy series, Alpha House. Earlier this year, Osment co-starred in IFC’s, six-episode comedy miniseries, The Spoils Of Babylon.
Osment will co-star in several films including David Burris' independent drama The World Made Straight; and Issac Feder’s independent comedy, Sex Ed. Osment recently finished filming a starring role in Me Him Her, the Max Landis-directed indie comedy; A24 Film’s horror/comedy film, Tusk; and the Entourage movie.