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Amy Adams to receive Spotlight Award for Doubt
2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival


PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 4, 2008) – The 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Amy Adams with the Spotlight Award for her performance in  Doubt from Miramax Films.  The Awards Gala, presented by Cartier, 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 is scheduled to be held January 6-19, 2009.

The Festival's Spotlight Award honors an extraordinary performance in a supporting role during the preceding year.  Commenting on the honor, Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, "A past Oscar® nominee and one of the most talented young actresses working in film today, Amy Adams delivers yet another outstanding performance in Doubt, which is sure to be recognized throughout this year's awards season."

John Patrick Shanley brings his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning play to the screen, in a gripping story about the quest for truth, the forces of change, and the devastating consequences of blind justice in an age defined by moral conviction.

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A vibrant, charismatic priest, Father Flynn (Academy Award® winner Philip Seymour Hoffman), is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep), the iron-gloved principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the country, and, indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James (Academy Award® nominee Amy Adams), a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius is galvanized to begin a crusade to both unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shred of proof or evidence except her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn, a battle that threatens to tear apart the Church and school with devastating consequences.

Doubt was written for the screen and directed by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck). The film stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Mark Roybal, with Celia Costas as executive producer. Director of photography is multiple Academy Award® nominee Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; production designer is Academy Award® nominee David Gropman; Editor is Academy Award® nominee Dylan Tichenor, ACE; Costume Design is by Academy Award® winner Ann Roth; music is by multiple Academy Award® winner Howard Shore; casting is by Ellen Chenoweth; Sound mixing is by Danny Michael, CAS, Lee Dichter, CAS and Ron Bochar, CAS; Sound Editing is by Ron Bochar.

Earlier this year, Adams starred in Bharat Nalluri's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day opposite Frances McDormand.  Her other recent projects include Enchanted opposite Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon, which grossed over 400 million dollars worldwide and garnered her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.

Adams came to national prominence in 2005 for her role in Junebug, which earned her nominations for an Academy Award and a SAG Award.  She won an Independent Spirit Award, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, a San Francisco Film Critics Society Award, as well as the Breakthrough Gotham Award. Adams also won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival for her role as the pregnant, childlike Ashley, who is awe-struck by the arrival of her glamorous sister-in-law.

Adams' other film credits include Charlie Wilson's War, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, The Wedding Date, and Catch Me If You Can. Adams just recently wrapped production on Night at the Museum 2: Battle at the Smithsonian opposite Ben Stiller.  In 2009, she'll star in Nora Ephron's Julie and Julia opposite Meryl Streep and Sunshine Cleaning opposite Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin. Soon, Adams will also begin production on Leap Year and Daughter of the Queen of Sheba.

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, KPSP, Ocean Properties Development, Ciroc, Johnnie Walker and Don Julio.