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The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced it will present Matt Damon with the Chairman’s Award for his performance in “The Martian.” Damon joins previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rooney Mara. The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.
“Since his breakthrough role in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ Matt Damon has taken on a series of challenging roles through his career,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, ‘The Martian,’ Damon dazzles yet again as Mark Watney, an astronaut desperately trying to survive on Mars, yet still finding a way to laugh and bring hope to an impossible situation. It is an honor to present Matt Damon with the 2016 Chairman’s Award.”
“The Martian” director, Ridley Scott, will present Matt Damon with his award. Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.