The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14) will honor Ben Affleck's "Argo" with the Ensemble Performance Award. Affleck, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston will be on hand to accept the award at a ceremony held on January 5.
"'Argo' features a plethora of colorful characters brought to life by an outstanding ensemble," Palm Springs fest chairman Harold Matzner stated. Also included in the ensemble for the 1970s Iran hostage-crisis drama are John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Scott McNairy, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Rory Cochrane, Christohper Denham, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.
Previously announced honorees Helen Hunt, Naomie Watts and Robert Zemeckis will also receive awards at the ceremony on January 5. Strategically timed awards tributes at Palm Springs and the Santa Barbara Film Festival can act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders.