The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Sally Field with its Career Achievement Award on January 5 during the awards gala for its 24th edition. In addition to Field, the gala will honor the cast of Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” Helen Hunt (“The Sessions”), Naomi Watts (“The Impossible”) and Robert Zemeckis (“Flight”). The Festival runs January 3-14.
Festival chairman Harolz Matzner states that Field, “From her all-American girl roles that brought her early stardom on television to her memorable and award-winning film performances,..has impressed generations of audiences with her incredible range.” He adds that she gives a compelling performance playing the iconic Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”
Field also won the NYFCC’s Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Lincoln.” More on Field’s career below.
Past recipients of the PSIFF Career Achievement Award honorees include Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.
Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award winner for her performances in Places in the Heart, for which she also received a Golden Globe®, and Norma Rae, for which she received a Golden Globe, along with the New York Film Critics Circle prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in Steel Magnolias, Murphy’s Romance, Kiss Me Goodbye, Absence of Malice and Smokey and the Bandit. Her many film credits include Forrest Gump, Eye for an Eye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Soapdish, Not Without My Daughter, The End, Hooper, Stay Hungry and Punchline. Most recently, Field appeared as Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man, which opened in July of this year.
Field began her career in the television series Gidget and then went on to star in the The Flying Nun. She received Emmy® Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries Sybil and for her performance on ER. She also received Emmy nominations for her role in Showtime’s A Cooler Climate and the NBC miniseries A Woman of Independent Means, which she co-produced and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Field co-starred in the ABC series drama Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2011, and for her role as Nora Walker, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award® and an Emmy Award as well as two Golden Globe nominations.