Brie Larson will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival for her turn in “Room,” as a mother caring for her son despite unimaginable circumstances. The Awards Gala, which will also honor Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”), and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”), is scheduled for Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs Jan. 1-11.
Awards from late-breaking festivals like Palm Springs and Santa Barbara can help contenders in the acting races sustain momentum over the course of a long season. Past winners of the PSIFF Breakthrough Performance Award include Oscar winners Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, and Lupita Nyong’o, and Oscar nominees Felicity Huffman, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, and Jeremy Renner.