The Venice International Film Festival (August 27-September 6) will celebrate Frances McDormand’s career by bestowing the 2014 Personal Tribute to Visionary Talent Award to the Fargo actress.
McDormand will receive the award on September 1 before a screening of director Lisa Cholodenko’s HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge, which the actress optioned and co-stars in. Olive Kitteridge is author Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer-winning short-story collection “and tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of Olive (Frances McDormand), whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and staunch moral center.” (press materials)
McDormand was also an executive producer on the project.
“Thanks to her long-standing experience in theatre, film and TV, dedicated to the search for truth, the career of Frances McDormand is not only that of an extraordinary actress,” said festival director Alberto Barbera, “but also reflects her consistent vision of art and of the world that is often in positive and aware contrast with today’s prevailing value system.”
McDormand won the Best Actress Oscar in 1997 for Fargo and has been nominated three more times for Mississippi Burning (1988), Almost Famous (2000), and North Country (2005).