Palm Springs Film Fest: Rosamund Pike Lands Breakthrough Honor for 'Gone Girl'

Last year's recipient of this prize went on to win an Oscar, as well
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Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in 'Gone Girl'

Rosamund Pike, the British blonde beauty whose performance in David Fincher's Gone Girl has blown away critics and moviegoers alike, will receive this year's Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.

The 35-year-old is also known for her work in Die Another Day (2002), Pride & Prejudice (2005), An Education (2009) and Made in Dagenham (2010).

Previous recipients of PSIFF's Breakthrough Performance Award include Lupita Nyong’o (2014, for 12 Years a Slave), Carey Mulligan (2010, for An Education), Marion Cotillard (2008, for La Vie En Rose), Jennifer Hudson (2007, for Dreamgirls) and Felicity Huffman (2006, for Transamerica). All of the aforementioned went on to receive Oscar noms for those same performances — and Nyong'o, Cotillard and Hudson won.

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“Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn’s complex character from the novel Gone Girl, bringing to life the privileged, manipulative and calculating Amy Dunne," PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. "It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role."

PSIFF previously announced that The Theory of Everything's lead actor Eddie Redmayne and Still Alice's lead actress Julianne Moore will receive this year's Desert Palm Achievement awards and that Whiplash's supporting actor J.K. Simmons will receive this year's Spotlight Award.

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