Palm Springs Film Fest: 'The Martian' Star Matt Damon to Receive Chairman's Award

The 45-year-old will be presented with the honor by his 'Martian' director Ridley Scott.
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Matt Damon

Matt Damon, the star of Ridley Scott's space-set dramedy The Martian, has been tapped to receive the Chairman's Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the 27th edition of which is set to run Jan. 1-11. Damon will collect his hardware at the annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 2.

The 45-year-old will be presented with his award by Martian director Scott.

Previous recipients of the Chairman's Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and, at the most recent gala, Reese Witherspoon.

"Since his breakthrough role in Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon has taken on a series of challenging roles," said fest chair Harold Matzner. "In his latest film, The Martian, Damon dazzles yet again as Mark Watney, an astronaut desperately trying to survive on Mars, yet still finding a way to laugh and bring hope to an impossible situation. It is an honor to present Matt Damon with the 2016 Chairman's Award."

PSIFF previously announced that Black Mass lead actor Johnny Depp will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (actor); Carol and Truth lead actress Blanchett will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (actress); The Danish Girl and Ex Machina supporting actress Alicia Vikander will receive its Rising Star Award; Room lead actress Brie Larson will receive its Breakthrough Performance Award; Steve Jobs lead actor Michael Fassbender will receive its International Star Award (actor); Brooklyn lead actress Saoirse Ronan will receive its International Star Award (actress); Carol supporting actress Rooney Mara will receive its Spotlight Award; and Spotlight co-writer/director Tom McCarthy will receive its Sonny Bono Visionary Award.

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