The 2020 awards season kicks off with the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards Gala that took place last night, Thursday, January 2nd.
Hosted by Mary Hart, this year's honorees, all worthy of an Oscar nod are:
- Cynthia Erivo; Breakthrough Performance Award, for her performance in "Harriett"
- Joaquin Phoenix: Chairman's Award for his performance in "Joker"
- Antonio Banderas: International Star Award, Actor for his performance in " Pain and Glory"
- Laura Dern: Career Achievement Award for her performance in "
- Zack Gottsagen: Rising Star Award for his performance in "The Peanut Butter Falcon"
- Quentin Tarantino: Director of the Year Award for "Once Upon A Time …. in Hollywood"
- Jennifer Lopez: Spotlight Award for her performance in "Hustlers"
- Jamie Foxx: Spotlight Award, Actor for his performance in "Just Mercy"
- Charlize Theron: International Star Award, Actress for her performance in "Bombshell"
- Adam Driver: Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for his performance in "Marriage Story"
- Renee Zellweger: Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for her performance in "Judy"
- Martin Scorsese: Sonny Bono Visionary Award for
"The Irishman"The Palm Springs Film Festival will take place from Thursday, January 2, 2020 through Monday, January 13, 2020.The first Palm Springs Film Festival took place in 1989 during the tenure of Sonny Bono as Mayor. Before his entry into politics, the former U.S. congressman was the half of the duo Sonny and Cher. With his extensive entertainment background made Bono a strong advocate for the films and the arts.
The PSIFF was established in 1989 during the tenure of Sonny Bono as Palm Springs' Mayor. Prior to his run for political office and becoming U.S. Congressman for the Palm Springs area, he was the 2nd half of the duo Sonny and Cher, which made him a strong advocate for films and the arts.
With over 180 films being screened, the film festival runs from Thursday, January 2 to Monday, January 13th.