The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Rosamund Pike with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress in honor of her performance as the iconic, Amazing Amy in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” for which she is a likely Oscar contender.
The ever-rising British actress, who deftly embodies Amy’s complexities and contradictions (to put it delicately), can be seen in “Made in Dageham,” “Barney’s Version,” “An Education,” “The World’s End,” “Jack Reacher” and “Pride and Prejudice,” among other films.
Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o, Carey Mulligan, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Hudson and Jeremy Renner.
EARLIER: The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present J.K. Simmons with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and the Festival runs Jan 2-12, 2015.
Currently a Best Supporting Actor Oscar frontrunner, Simmons plays unconventional jazz instructor Terence Fletcher who uses punishing methods to push gifted jazz prodigy Andrew (Miles Teller) to the brink. Simmons earned high marks in 2007 for his supporting role in Jason Reitman’s “Juno” and if nominated for an Academy Award, this would be his first.
The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Julianne Moore will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past actress recipients include Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry and Marion Cotillard.
Focus World’s abrupt 2015 placement of Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” wasn’t going to keep Julianne Moore out of the Oscar game. Critics are high on her performance as a linguistics professors diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice,” which Sony Pictures Classics is screening at AFI Fest this week and will open for a week in LA and NY on December 5, before rolling out January 16, 2015.
“Still Alice” reunites writer-directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (“The Last of Robin Hood”) and it costars Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish and Kristen Stewart, for whom word is also strong.
Moore has been nominated for four Academy Awards for “Boogie Nights,” “The End of the Affair,” and both “The Hours” and “Far From Heaven” in 2003. In a not-so-competitive year entrance into the race is easier. She is ready to win her first Oscar.
Eddie Redmayne will also receive the Desert Palm, for his performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”