12:00pm PT by Scott Feinberg
Palm Springs Film Fest: 'Green Book' Director and Stars to Receive Vanguard Award
The principal talent behind the new dramedy Green Book — co-writer/director Peter Farrelly and stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali — have been tapped by the Palm Springs International Film Festival to receive the fest's Vanguard Award.
The 30th edition of PSIFF is set to run Jan. 3-14, with the fest's annual Awards Gala to be held Jan. 3.
Previous recipients of the Vanguard Award include The Shape of Water and La La Land.
"Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are an on-camera dream team in the crowd-pleasing film Green Book, inspired by a true friendship, about a New York City bouncer hired to drive and protect pianist Dr. Don Shirley on a concert tour in the Deep South," fest chair Harold Matzner said Tuesday in a statement. "Director Peter Farrelly, who also co-wrote the script, delivers a heartfelt moviegoing experience that is guaranteed to receive awards attention for the actors, its director and the film itself. It is our honor to present the Vanguard Award to Green Book."
PSIFF previously announced several other honors to be presented at its Awards Gala: Glenn Close (The Wife) will receive the Icon Award; Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award; and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) will receive the Spotlight Award (Actress). Additional honorees will be announced in the coming days.