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Anne Hathaway to receive Desert Palm Achievement Award
2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival


PALM SPRINGS, CA (November 5, 2008) - The 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Anne Hathaway with its prestigious acting honor, the Desert Palm Achievement Award.  Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick-off the 2009 Awards Season on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart.  The Festival runs January 6-19, 2009.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, "Anne Hathaway has grown into one of this generation's finest actresses.  The Palm Springs International Film Festival is delighted to bestow the Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting for her standout performance in Rachel Getting Married." Past actresses that have received this award include Oscar® winners Charlize Theron and Halle Berry as well as Kate Winslet, Laura Linney and Naomi Watts.

Anne Hathaway shot to stardom playing opposite Meryl Streep in the sleeper hit The Devil Wears Prada in 20062008 was a busy year: in addition to her appearance in the challenging role of Kym in Sony Pictures Classics' Rachel Getting Married, directed by Jonathan Demme, Hathaway was seen this summer in the action-comedy Get Smart, starring alongside Steve Carell, and she starred in the drama Passengers for Sony Pictures with co-star Patrick Wilson, directed by Rodrigo Garcia, currently in theatres.  In 2007, Hathaway played the title role in the Jane Austen biopic Becoming Jane, starring opposite Maggie Smith and James McAvoy.

Hathaway also was recently seen in Ang Lee's drama, Brokeback Mountain, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams.  Hathaway and the rest of the cast were nominated for Best Ensemble Cast at the 2005 ifp/Gotham Awards, as well as a 2006 SAG Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In addition, the film, its director and cast garnered numerous additional accolades, including seven Golden Globe nominations and eight Academy Award® nominations, including a win for Ang Lee for Best Director -- the most received by any film that year.

In recent years, Hathaway starred in Garry Marshall's anticipated sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. Starring opposite Julie Andrews, Hathaway reprised her role as Princess Mia Thermopolis. She received a 2002 Teen Choice Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy for the original The Princess Diaries.  Other credits include the independent drama, Havoc, directed by Barbara Kopple; the title role in Miramax's Ella Enchanted, based on Gail Carson Levine's celebrated novel and directed by Tommy O'Haver; Nicholas Nickleby, based on the novel by Charles Dickens; and The Other Side of Heaven directed by Mitch Davis.  Hathaway will next be seen in the romantic comedy Bride Wars with Kate Hudson, directed by Gary Winick in January 2009.  She is currently filming Alice in Wonderland along with Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. 

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, PSIFF was founded in 1990 by then Mayor Sonny Bono.  The festival, scheduled from January 6-19, 2009, will include over 400 screenings of more than 200 films from approximately 60 countries.  The Festival presents a majority of the films submitted for consideration in the Best Foreign Language category for the Academy Awards, as well as a large number of American independent and international features and documentaries marking their world, North American or U.S. debuts.  Screenings are held on 15 screens throughout Palm Springs.

The Festival's 20th Annual Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight.  Renewing sponsors of this year's Festival are Title Sponsor, The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors, The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Spencer's Restaurant, and Wessman Development.  Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Integrated Wealth Management, Guthy-Renker, Regal Entertainment, Wells Fargo, Palm Desert National Bank, CBS2, Ocean Properties Development, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker and Don Julio.