The International Palm Springs Film Festival announced that they will be presenting The Desert Palm Achievement Award for Actress to star Natalie Portman. According to the Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner “Natalie Portman, who started dancing at age four and acting at age 11, tests the full range of her significant talent with a powerhouse performance as the obsessed ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.”
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.
Portman will go down in history as staring in George Lucas’ Star War Epics as Princess Leia’s mother. But this great career starter did not keep her from mixing it up and bringing truly wonderful performances to the screen. She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 2004’s Closer. And Oscar BUZZ is just buzzing away with her performance in Black Swan. Natalie received the Best Actress Award at Black Swan’s premiere showing at The Cannes Film Festival and you heard it here – Her performance will be the one to beat come Oscars 2011.
Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.
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