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The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Oscar winner Cate Blanchett with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for her acclaimed performances in “Truth” and “Carol.” This is the first award announced for the festival’s awards gala, which will be held Saturday, January 2. The festival takes place January 1-11.
“Cate Blanchett is one of the most award-winning and outstanding actresses of her generation, delivering extraordinary performances throughout her career, including her Academy Award-winning roles as Katherine Hepburn in ‘The Aviator’ and the title role in Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine,'” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her latest films ‘Carol’ and ‘Truth,’ Blanchett yet again brings to life two vibrant characters, both worthy of awards recognition. It is our honor to present the 2016 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Cate Blanchett.”
Past actress recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams. Last year’s honoree, Moore, went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Blanchett was previously honored at the festival with the Career Achievement Award and Ensemble Performance Award for “Babel.”