Palm Springs Film Fest: Alicia Vikander, Michael Fassbender Tapped for Honors

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender Split - H 2015
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Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender Split - H 2015

Alicia Vikander, the Swedish actress who has garnered Oscar buzz for her supporting turn opposite Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, and Michael Fassbender, the British actor whose portraying of the title character in Steve Jobs could bring him his second Oscar nom in three years, have been tapped for honors at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, which is set to run Jan. 1-11.

At the 27th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 2, Vikander will receive the Rising Star Award and Fassbender will receive the International Star Award (male).

Previous recipients of the Rising Star Award include Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bryce Dallas Howard, Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson.

“In The Danish Girl, Alicia Vikander delivers a superb performance as Gerda Wegener, the wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe,” said fest chair Harold Matzner. “She projects so much love and pain as she goes on a journey with Lili during an era when there was no precedent for it. Gerda’s own transformation as a character speaks to the story’s themes of courage and self-acceptance. For her astonishing screen presence and masterful performance, we are delighted to present Alicia Vikander with the 2016 Rising Star Award.”

Previous recipients of the International Star Award include Javier Bardem and Helen Mirren.

“Throughout his career, Michael Fassbender has brought to life riveting performances on the screen in films such as Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Inglorious Basterds and Prometheus,” Matzner said. “In his latest film, Steve Jobs, Fassbender delivers another stunning performance of subtlety and power, presenting the Apple co-founder as both a witty and engaging person and a conflicted Machiavellian.”

PSIFF previously announced that Black Mass lead actor Johnny Depp will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actor); Carol and Truth lead actress Cate Blanchett will receive its Desert Palm Achievement Award (Actress); Room lead actress Brie Larson will receive its Breakthrough Performance Award; Brooklyn lead actress Saoirse Ronan will receive its International Star Award (female); and Spotlight co-writer/director Tom McCarthy will receive its Sonny Bono Visionary Award.