2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival Hosts Star-Studded Film Awards Gala

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The 31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), held its Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Thursday, January 2, 2020 hosted by Mary Hart.  Honorees were presented with either the John Kennedy “The Entertainer” statue or a Chihuly Glass Sculpture. The presenting sponsor of the Film Awards Gala was American Express and major sponsors were AT&T and Entertainment Tonight.

The following awards were presented at this year’s Film Awards Gala:Antonio Banderas (International Star Award, Actor); Laura Dern (Career Achievement Award); Adam Driver (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor); Cynthia Erivo (Breakthrough Performance Award); Jamie Foxx (Spotlight Award, Actor); Zack Gottsagen (Rising Star Award); Jennifer Lopez (Spotlight Award, Actress); Joaquin Phoenix (Chairman’s Award); Martin Scorsese (Sonny Bono Visionary Award); Quentin Tarantino (Director of the Year Award); Charlize Theron (International Star Award, Actress); Renée Zellweger (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress).

Presenters were: Noah BaumbachRobert De NiroGreta GerwigRupert GooldSalma HayekTyler Nilson, Todd Phillips, Jay Roach, Lorene ScafariaMichael Schwartz, Bryan Stevenson, and Lena Waithe.

Other guests included festival representatives Harold Matzner (Festival Chairman) and Lili Rodriguez (Artistic Director); Albert BergerBarbara BoxerBo BurnhamJames DuffMike HattonPhillip KeeneUdo Kier, Kasi LemmonsDavid PermutCharles RandolphAlex Rodriguez, and Jane Rosenthal.

AWARDS SHOW HONOREES/PRESENTERS IN SHOW ORDER

HonoreeAwardPresenterPast Honorees
Cynthia ErivoHarrietBreakthrough Performance AwardLena WaitheBrie Larson, Jennifer Hudson, Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, Mary J. Blige, Rosamund Pike
Joaquin PhoenixJokerChairman’s AwardTodd Phillips Amy Adams, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks 
Antonio BanderasPain & GloryInternational Star Award, ActorSalma HayekJavier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Gary Oldman. Saoirse Ronan
Laura DernMarriage StoryLittle WomenCareer Achievement AwardNoah BaumbachAnnette Bening, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Kevin Costner, Sally Field, Samuel L. Jackson, Spike Lee
Zack GottsagenThe Peanut Butter FalconRising Star AwardTyler Nilson and Michael SchwartzDakota Fanning, Gal Gadot, Anna Kendrick, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander
Quentin TarantinoOnce Upon a Time… in Hollywood Director of the YearGreta GerwigBradley Cooper, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Steve McQueen, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell, Robert Zemeckis
Jennifer LopezHustlersSpotlight Award, ActressLorene ScafariaAllison Janney, Amy Adams, Helen Hunt, Jessica Chastain, Julia Roberts, Melissa McCarthy
Jamie FoxxJust MercySpotlight Award, ActorBryan Stevenson Timothée Chalamet, Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons, Sam Rockwell
Charlize TheronBombshellInternational Star Award, ActressJay RoachJavier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Gary Oldman, Saoirse Ronan.
Adam DriverMarriage StoryDesert Palm Achievement Award, ActorLaura DernJeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne.
Renée ZellwegerJudyDesert Palm Achievement Award, ActressRupert GooldOlivia Colman, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan
Martin ScorseseThe IrishmanSonny Bono Visionary AwardRobert De NiroDanny Boyle, Alfonso Cuarón, Richard Linklater, Tom Hooper, Tom McCarthy, Quentin Tarantino, Gus Van Sant
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