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Cate Blanchett & Philip Glass to Receive Honors at 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
12/20/2006
2007 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Blanchett to Receive Career Achievement Award: Glass to receive Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing.

Steven Wilson / Ron Hofmann
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Palm Springs, CA – The 18th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett with the career Achievement Award and Academy Award nominee Philip Glass with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala. These are the final honorees expected to be announced for the Festival. Kevin Costner and Samuel L. Jackson are past recipients of the Career Achievement Award and Danny Elfman, Randy Newman and Howard Shore have been honored as composers.

Commenting on the selection, Festival Chairman Earl Greenburg said “Cate Blanchett is one of the greatest talents of our generation and after reviewing her work in Notes on a Scandal and The Good German we had to single her out and recognize her for those performances as well as her ensemble performance in Bable. He also added, “Philip Glass remains one of the most important American composers of our generation. His musical performances are distinctive, haunting, and evocative, especially his score for Notes on a Scandal.”

Previously announced honorees include the film Little Miss Sunshine, the cast of Bable, Sydney Pollack, Kate Winslet, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Todd Field, Jessica Biel and Adam Beach. The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart.

This year Cate Blanchett starred in and received a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film Notes on a Scandal. The film also stars Judi Dench and was directed by Richard Eyre. Her other performances include Babel, co-starring with Brad Pitt and Gael Garcia Bernal and The Good German starring opposite George Clooney, directed by Steven Soderbergh currently in release.

In 2005, Cate Blanchett was awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Katherine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. she was also honored with the BAFTA Award and a SAG Award™ for her role in the film. Additionally, she was recognized by several critics' organizations and received a nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In 1998, Blanchett portrayed Queen Elizabeth I in the critically acclaimed Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur, for which she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama and a BAFTA for Best Actress in a leading Role as well as Best Actress Awards from The Chicago Film Critics Association,
The London Film Critics Association, The Toronto Film Critics Association, On-Line Film Critics, Variety Critics and UK Empire Award. She also received a Best Actress nomination from the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts & Sciences.

Other work for which she has garnered international award recognition includes starring roles in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, directed by Wes Anderson, The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by Anthony Mingella, The Gift, directed by Sam Raimi, Bandits, directed by Barry Levinson, The Shipping News, directed by Lasse Hallström, Veronica Guerin, directed by Joel Schumacher and Jim Jarmjusch's Coffee and Cigarettes. She was also seen in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy as Galadriel, Queen of the Elves. In 2007, she will be reunited with Shekhar Kapur to star in The Golden Age, co-starring with Clive Owen. Blanchett just wrapped I'm Not There, in which she portrays Bob Dylan during a specific time his life, directed by Todd Haynes; and will begin production on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, co-starring Brad Pitt and directed by David Fincher.

Glass' film scores for 2006 include George Butler's Roving Mars IMAX project, Neil Burger's The Illusionist and Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal. His other film scores include Godfrey Reggio's trilogy Koyaanisquatsi (1983), Powaqqatsi (1987) and Naqoyqatsi (2002); Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line (1988), A Brief History of Time (1992), The Fog of War (2003); Paul Schrader's Mishima (1985), Bernard Rose's Candyman (1992), and Bill Condon's Candyman II (1996); an original score, performed by Kronos Quarted for the re-release of the 1930 Dracula (2000) staring Bela Lugosi.

Critically acclaimed film scores include Martin Scorsese's Kundun (1997) - which won Glass the LA Critics Award, as well as the Academy ond Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Score - and original music for Peter Weir's The Truman Show - which won a Golden Globe Award for Best Score in 1999. Glass' work for Stephen Daldry's The Hours (2002) received Golden Globe, Grammy and Academy Award nominations, along with winning the Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He also scored the thrillers Taking Lives and Secret Window in 2004.

Founded in 1990 by then Mayor Sonny Bono, the PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North America. The Festival has an attractive film sales and distribution record and is seen by American distributors as one of the best Academy Award campaign marketing tools. The Festival also features cultural events, filmmaker tributes, industry seminars and an annual black-tie gala award presentation.

Renewing their support of this year’s Festival is Title Sponsor, The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors, Spencer’s Restaurant, The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development and Entertainment Tonight. Major sponsors include Tiffany & Co., Regal Entertainment Group, Integrated Wealth Management, Bank of America, CBS2, Ciroc vodka, Johnnie Walker scotch, Don Julio tequila, Frownies, Wells Fargo, House & Garden, Guthy-Renker, Palm Desert National Bank, Windermere Real Estate and Artistic Contributor, the SAG Foundation.

Passes are now on sale for the 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, scheduled from January 4-15, 2007. Join us as the Festival plays host to a fabulous array of movies and movie stars. A spectacular event, the Festival has a line up of more than 250 films from 73 countries, seminars, special events and Gala receptions. To order passes call us at 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or click here to order online.