Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, who was most recently seen in Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low,” will be presented with a Career Achievement Award at the 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Duvall will join previously announced honorees Javier Bardem, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan and Natalie Portman, at the awards ceremony on January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival itself runs from January 6 – 17.
“For nearly 50 years, Robert Duvall has transfixed cinematic audiences with his gritty, intuitive performances,” said Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “In “Get Low,” his most recent role, Duvall portrays a backwoodsman who stages his own funeral while still alive. Duvall gives a virtuoso performance, challenging audiences to understand his character who is caught between myth and reality. To this star, a star in every sense of the word and tradition, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the 2011 Career Achievement Award to Robert Duvall.”
Past recipients of the award include Cate Blanchett, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Helen Mirren.