'The Fighter's' David O. Russell Honored as Palm Springs' Director of the Year

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 06:  Director David O. Russell arrives at Paramount Pictures' "The Fighter" premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 6, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

Previous recipients have included Alexander Payne, Jason Reitman and Sean Penn.

The Fighter’s David O. Russell will be honored as Director of the Year at the 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala, to be held Jan. 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“From his very first movie to the present, the talent and style of director David O. Russell has garnered both audience and critical acclaim,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said. “In his latest effort, The Fighter, he works again with actor Mark Wahlberg who portrays a man refusing to take no for an answer when it comes to pursuing his dreams. The result is an excellent film. Through directorial technique, use of technology, complex and engaging storytelling, the films of David O. Russell are guaranteed to be riveting and innovative.”

Previous recepients of the award include Alexander Payne, Jason Reitman, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Anthony Minghella, Sean Penn and Ang Lee.