Alicia Vikander Named “Rising Star” By Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Alicia Vikander will be honored with the Rising Star Award at the annual Awards gala at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). She will join previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, and director Tom McCarthy for the occasion.

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Brie Larson To Receive “Breakthrough” Award At Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Brie Larson, who is getting tons of awards buzz for her work in Room, will be honored with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Awards Gala, which will also feature previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, and Saoirse Ronan, takes place Saturday January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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‘The Imitation Game’ To Receive “Ensemble” Award At Palm Springs Fest

The Imitation Game, a WWII set feature that centers on code breaker Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).

The cast members, along with Cumberbatch, include Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, and Mark Strong. The Awards Gala takes place Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The Imitation Game is one of the very best ensembles to grace the screen this season,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley lead an outstanding cast in The Imitation Game, a film about Alan Turing as he attempts to crack Germany’s Enigma machine. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the entire cast of The Imitation Game with the Ensemble Performance Award.”

Other honorees that will receive awards at the event include Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash).

PSIFF runs January 2-12. For more info, please go to its official site.

Richard Linklater To Be Honored At Palm Springs International Film Festival

Filmmaker Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Midnight, Me and Orson Welles) will be honored with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).

Previous honorees include directors Quentin Tarantino, Danny Boyle, Tom Hooper, and Michel HazanaviciusMary Hart will host the Awards Gala on Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The PSIFF runs January 2-12.

Boyhood, which Linklater shot over 12 years with actors Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and newcomer Ellar Coltrane, centers on a youth’s (Coltrane) turbulent yet gradually revelatory childhood.

Linklater who has received Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nominations for Before Sunset and Before Midnight, also directed Tape, School of Rock, Waking Life, Slacker, and Dazed and Confused. Along with his filmmaking career, Linklater is also the Artistic Director for the Austin Film Society, which he founded back in 1985.

For more info on the fest, please call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7526. PSIFF’s official site is: www.psfilmfest.org.

Julianne Moore To Be Honored With Desert Palm Achievement Award

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Julianne Moore – Photo Credit: Bryan Bowen Smith

Julianne Moore will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress at that 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Moore accepts the award Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 at the fest’s annual Awards Gala. Hosted by Mary Hart and presented by Cartier, the event takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“Throughout her career, Julianne Moore has delivered a wide range of extraordinary performances, from such diverse Oscar-nominated films as Boogie Nights and Far from Heaven to this year’s Cannes win for Best Actress in the riveting Maps to the Stars,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her latest film Still Alice, she faces one of her most demanding and challenging roles as Alice, a woman diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Moore delivers another career defining performance that is sure to captivate audiences and bring attention to this devastating disease. It is our honor to present the 2015 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Julianne Moore.”

Previous recipients include Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, Naomi Watts, and Michelle Williams.

Moore, a four time Oscar nominee, received an Emmy in 2012 for her portrayal of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the HBO film Game Change.

In the clip below, Julianne Moore explains why her greatest pleasure in acting has been “the actual work”: