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Palm Springs Film Fest: 'Carol,' 'Truth' Star Cate Blanchett to Get Top Actress Honor
Cate Blanchett, the two-time Oscar winner who is the subject of best actress Oscar buzz this year for her work in two films — as a 60 Minutes journalist in James Vanderbilt's Truth and as a 1950s lesbian in Todd Haynes' Carol — will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's highest honor for a female actor, the Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actress).
She will pick up the honor at the 27th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 2. This year's fest runs Jan. 1-11.
Previous recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actress) include, in reverse-chronological order, Julianne Moore (Still Alice, 2014), Sandra Bullock (Gravity, 2013), Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 2012), Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn, 2011), Natalie Portman (Black Swan, 2010), Marion Cotillard (Nine, 2009), Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, 2008), Halle Berry (Things We Lost in the Fire, 2007), Kate Winslet (Little Children, 2006), Charlize Theron (North Country, 2005), and Watts (21 Grams, 2003).
All but Cotillard and Berry were Oscar-nominated shortly thereafter; Portman and Moore won the best actress Oscar.
“Cate Blanchett is one of the most award-winning and outstanding actresses of her generation, delivering extraordinary performances throughout her career including her Academy Award-winning roles as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator and the title role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
He added: "In her latest films Carol and Truth, Blanchett yet again brings to life two vibrant characters, both worthy of awards recognition."