P.S. fest to laud Blanchett


Cate Blanchett will be honored at the 18th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival with its Career Achievement Award.

The fest, which runs Jan. 4-15, also will present composer Philip Glass with its Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing at its Awards Gala, which is set for Jan. 6 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The prolific Blanchett, who received an Oscar for best supporting actress in 2005 for "The Aviator," stars in "Babel," "The Good German" and "Notes on a Scandal."

Said festival chairman Earl Greenburg, "Cate Blanchett is one of the greatest talents of our generation, and after reviewing her work in 'Notes on a Scandal' and 'The Good German,' we had to single her out and recognize her for those performances as well as her ensemble performance in 'Babel.' "

Glass, who has received two Oscar nominations for his scores for "Kundun" and "The Hours," is represented this year onscreen by his work on "The Illusionist" and "Notes on a Scandal."

Added Greenburg: "Philip Glass remains one of the most important American composers of our generation. His musical performances are distinctive, haunting and evocative, especially his score for 'Notes on a Scandal.' "