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The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced it will present “Trumbo” star Bryan Cranston with the Spotlight Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. Cranston joins previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan, Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. The Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 1-11.
“Whether on film, television or Broadway, Bryan Cranston is an outstanding actor who delivers an extraordinary and memorable performance with each character he takes on,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In ‘Trumbo,’ Cranston brings his amazing talent to his portrayal of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. For this brilliant performance, worthy of the awards recognition it has been receiving, it is an honor to present Bryan Cranston with the 2016 Spotlight Award, Actor.”
Past recipients of the Spotlight Award, Actor include J.K. Simmons, Julia Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Helen Hunt. All recipients received Academy Award nominations in the year they were honored, with Simmons receiving the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Rooney Mara will receive the Spotlight Award, Actress at this year’s Awards Gala.