9:57am PT by Gregg Kilday
Brad Pitt to Receive Acting Award from Palm Springs Film Festival
Brad Pitt will be honored at the 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which has selected the actor to receive its Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award for his lead role in Moneyball and supporting turn in The Tree of Life.
The prize will be presented at the festival’s Awards Gala on Jan. 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“Brad Pitt consistently mesmerizes audiences with the depth and versatility of his performances. He has the rare ability to interpret and capture the most complicated facets of human nature, infusing his roles with strength and emotion,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said. “In The Tree of Life, he portrays a father whose sensitive son tries to make sense of their relationship and understand the wrongs of a difficult childhood. In Moneyball, he faces failure head on and draws upon his dormant, though fierce competitive nature to become a standout in the world of major league baseball management.”
Pitt has received the New York Film Critics Circles’ best actor award for his work in the two films. He also has received a best actor nomination from the both the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Screen Actors Guild for Moneyball.
In 2007, Pitt along with the cast of Babel, received the festival’s Ensemble Performance Award.