Palm Springs Film Fest: 'American Hustle' to Receive Ensemble Performance Award

The star-studded cast of David O. Russell's dramedy American Hustle -- which includes Oscar winners Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar nominees Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner -- will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, it was announced Friday.

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The award will be presented on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center as part of the festival's 25th edition, which runs from Jan. 3-13.

"Russell has created a viscerally powerful film," said festival chairman Harold Matzner. "American Hustle grabs you from the start and is populated by a group of eminently believable characters as brought to life by this brilliant cast. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the entire cast of American Hustle with our 2014 Ensemble Performance Award."

Past recipients of the award include last year's eventual best picture Oscar winner Argo, as well as Babel (2006) and The Social Network (2012) before that.

The fest previously announced that it will honor 12 Years a Slave's helmer Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award; Dallas Buyers Club's Matthew McConaughey with its Desert Palm Award, Actor; Gravity's Sandra Bullock with its Desert Palm Award, Actress; August: Osage County's supporting actress Julia Roberts with its Spotlight Award; and Nebraska's Bruce Dern with its Career Achievement Award. Additional announcements are expected shortly.

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