The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced it will present Swedish breakout Alicia Vikander with the Rising Star Award at its annual Awards Gala. Vikander joins previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender. The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.
“In ‘The Danish Girl,’ Alicia Vikander delivers a superb performance as Gerda Wegener, the wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “She projects so much love and pain as she goes on a journey with Lili during an era when there was no precedent for it. Gerda’s own transformation as a character speaks to the story’s themes of courage and self-acceptance. For her astonishing screen presence and masterful performance, we are delighted to present Alicia Vikander with the 2016 Rising Star Award.”
Although Vikander will be awarded in Palm Springs for her “The Danish Girl” performance, the actress has earned equal acclaim for her work in “Ex Machina” and “Testament of Youth” this year. Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bryce Dallas Howard, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, and Scarlett Johansson. In the years they were honored Howard, Kendrick and Lawrence all went on to receive Academy Award nominations.