Johnny Depp to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor
Palm Springs, CA (November 17, 2015) - The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Johnny Depp with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala for his performance in Black Mass. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and presenting sponsor Entertainment Tonight, will be held Saturday, January 2, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.
"Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. "In his latest film, Black Mass, Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garnerawards attention. It is our honor to present the 2016 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, to Johnny Depp."
Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Eddie Redmayne. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, Penn and Redmayne went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar® nominations.
Depp can currently by seen in Black Mass, which tells of the unholy alliance between ruthless mobster James "Whitey" Bulger (Depp) and childhood friend-turned-FBI agent, John Connolly (Joel Edgerton). The bond, forged growing up on the streets of South Boston, would test the limits of loyalty in a town that answers to its own, unwritten code. Blinded by ambition, Connolly convinces Bulger to inform on their common enemy, the Italian Mafia. The deal allows Bulger to expand his criminal empire with complete impunity, threatening to destroy both men, their families, and the very city that made them.
Based on true events, the film is directed by Scott Cooper and features an ensemble cast, also including Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Julianne Nicholson, Kevin Bacon, W. Earl Brown, David Harbour, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott and Juno Temple. The screenplay is by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neil. Produced by John Lesher, Brian Oliver, Scott Cooper, Patrick McCormick and Tyler Thompson.
Depp is a three-time Academy Award nominee for Best Actor for his work in Finding Neverland, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Over the last three decades, Depp's diverse range of roles has made him one of the leading actors of his generation including performances John Waters' Cry Baby, Benny & Joon, Lasse Hallstrom's What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Chocolat, Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco, Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Ted Demme's Blow, The Libertine, Michael Mann's Public Enemies and several collaborations with Tim Burton including Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood and Sleepy Hollow.
About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming more than 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. 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. premieres. Also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala honoring the best achievements of the filmic year, celebrated talents in recent years include Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Richard Linklater, Matthew McConaughey, Julianna Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, JK Simmons, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Reese Witherspoon.
The Awards Gala of the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors as of the date of this release are The Desert Sun and Spencer's. Major sponsors include the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, Windermere Real Estate, Guthy-Renker,VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.
For more information, call 760-778-8979 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.
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