The International Palm Springs Film Festival announced that they will be presenting The Desert Palm Achievement Award for Actor to British actor Colin Firth. According to the Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner “Colin Firth brings a regal versatility to each of his roles, but his portrayal of King George VI in his latest film, The King’s Speech is extraordinary.”
The award will be given out at an awards gala presented by Cartier on Saturday, January 8th, 2011. The gala will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart. The awards gala is just a portion of events organized for the film festival that will run from January 6th to January 17th.
Firth is an award-winning actor, and last year was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in A Single Man. He has also received award nominations for his role in both Bridget Jones’ films and the Brittish mini-series “Pride and Prejudice”. In the past Firth has been overlooked by performances from popular stars of the time, but his time has been well spent. He is just approaching his best work and he has the potential to bring even more great performances to the screen.
Past honorees of the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award include Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Jake Gyllenhaal, Liam Neeson, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta and James Stewart.
For more information including tickets and membership information contact the Palm Springs International Film Society at www.psfilmfest.org.
Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones, no texting, don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Film, see her work on SilentHollywood.com