Jessica Chastain, Howard Shore Added to List of Honorees at Palm Springs Film Festival

The actress will receive the Spotlight Award for her performances this year in films like "The Help" and "The Tree of Life," while the composer will be recognized for his score for "Hugo."
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Howard Shore and Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain and compower Howard Shore have been added to the talent lineup that will be honored at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala on Jan. 7 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Chastain will receive the Spotlight Award, recognizing her performances this year in The Help, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Debt and Coriolanus.“Through a series of virtuoso performances, Jessica Chastain has established herself as one of the cinema’s most versatile and most sought after young actresses,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said.

Shore will be given the Frederick Loewe Music Award for his work on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. He previously received the same award in 2005’s for composing the score for The Aviator.  “Howard Shore is a master composer who has consistently delighted audiences of the more than 80 films that he has scored,” Matzner said.  “In Hugo, the labyrinthine setting of a Paris railway station, where a young boy lives alone, doing what he must to survive, and the discovery of an aging filmmaker gifted with a second chance provide the perfect inspiration for Shore’s haunting score.”

The festival itself will run from Jan. 5-16.