Oscar hopes are looking better than ever for “Theory of Everything” star Eddie Redmayne, tapped as a frontrunner for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking since TIFF. The 32-year-old actor will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards on January 3rd.
Palm Springs is one of several festivals that plays a key role in the annual anointing of awards during the season leading up to the Oscars. Like the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest works with studios to land Oscar-buzzy lineups and contenders for the fest’s awards presentations. SBIFF, it was announced recently, will crown “Birdman” star Michael Keaton with a Modern Master Award on January 31.
The last seven recipients of the Desert Palm prize, including Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club,” Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln” and Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech” all went on to win Best Actor Oscars.
Our TOH! video interview with Redmayne and costar Felicity Jones is here.