Palm Springs, CA (December 20, 2023) – The Palm Springs International Film Awards  has announced that Paul Giamatti is the recipient of the Icon Award for The Holdovers. The Film Awards will take place on January 4, 2024, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 15, 2024. The event will be sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts. 

“In The Holdovers, Paul Giamatti inhabits a complex character who is both challenging and rewarding, and ultimately reminds us of what it means to be connected as human beings,” said Festival Chairman Nachhattar Singh Chandi. “For his storied career of  quintessential cinematic roles, it is our honor to present the Icon Award to Paul Giamatti for this career-best performance.” 

Giamatti joins this year’s previously announced honorees Danielle Brooks (Spotlight  Award, Actress), Colman Domingo (Spotlight Award, Actor), Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell (Chairman’s Award), Greta Gerwig (Director of the Year), Carey Mulligan  (International Star Award, Actress), Cillian Murphy (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Breakthrough Performance Award), Emma Stone (Desert  Palm Achievement Award, Actress), Jeffrey Wright (Career Achievement Award), and  Killers of the Flower Moon (Vanguard Award). Past winners of the Icon Award include  Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Lady Gaga, Tom Hanks and  Meryl Streep. In their respective years, Glenn Close, Willem Dafoe, Robert Duvall and Meryl Streep were each nominated for an Academy Award. 

From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, Focus Features’ The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during the holiday break to babysit the handful of students with  nowhere to go. Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa) — and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph). 

One of the most versatile actors of his generation, Paul Giamatti currently stars in the second season of HBO Europe’s hit Spanish-horror series, 30 Coins, as well as in the final season of the Showtime hit, Billions, for which he has been nominated for a  Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and a Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a  Drama Series over the course of the series. Other television credits include Lodge 49Inside Amy Schumer, Downton Abbey, and Curtis Hanson’s HBO movie Too Big to Fail, where his performance earned him his third SAG Award as well as an Emmy® and a  Golden Globe® nomination. In 2008, Giamatti won Emmy®, SAG, and Golden Globe® awards for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in HBO’s seven-part, Emmy Award ®-winning miniseries, John Adams

Giamatti’s selected film credits include Private Life, 12 Years a Slave, Saving Mr. BanksThe Amazing Spider-Man 2, Rock of Ages, Cosmopolis, Win Win, Straight Outta  Compton, San Andreas, The Ides of March, Ernest & Celestine, The Last StationDuplicity, Cold Souls, Shoot ’Em Up, Lady in the Water, The Illusionist, The Hawk Is  Dying, American Splendor, Big Fat Liar, Planet of the Apes, Duets, Big Momma’s HouseSafe Men, The Negotiator, The Truman Show, the five-time Oscar®-winner Saving Private  Ryan, and Alexander Payne’s Academy Award®-winning dramedy Sideways, which  earned Giamatti Golden Globe® and SAG Award nominations. Giamatti starred in Academy Award®-nominated Barney’s Version in 2011, earning him the Golden  Globe®for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. In 2006, his performance  in Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man earned him his first SAG Award and a Broadcast Film  Critics’ Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations in the same category. 

Outside of acting, Giamatti co-hosts the podcast Chinwag with author and philosopher  Stephen Asma from Treefort Media & Touchy Feely Films. 

About the Palm Springs International Film Society 

The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit  organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through  education and cross-cultural awareness. The Film Society produces the Palm Springs  International Film Festival (PSIFF) and Film Awards every January and Palm Springs  ShortFest in June. In addition to curating the best in international cinema, PSIFF’s Film  Awards has come to be known as the first stop on the campaign trail for the Academy  Awards®, and our Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest is the largest short film festival and market  in North America. Our festivals, year-round member screenings and educational  programs manifest our organization’s mission by nurturing and encouraging new  filmmaking talent, honoring the great masters of world cinema, and expanding audience  horizons.

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