Palm Springs Film Fest: 'Trumbo' Star Bryan Cranston Tapped for Honor

The Emmy and Tony winner, who's making a run at an Oscar for his portrayal of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, will collect the fest's Spotlight Award on Jan. 2.
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Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo'

Bryan Cranston, the Emmy-winning actor who plays blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo (his first post-Breaking Bad film), has been tapped for the Spotlight Award (actor) at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the 27th edition of which is set to run Jan. 1-11. Cranston will collect his hardware at the annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 2.

For his performance in the Bleecker Street release, Cranston also has been nominated for a SAG Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Previous recipients of the Spotlight Award include J.K. Simmons, Julia Roberts, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams and Helen Hunt, all of whom received Oscar noms in the year they were nominated. (Simmons won.)

"Whether on film, television or Broadway, Bryan Cranston is an outstanding actor who delivers an extraordinary and memorable performance with each character he takes on," said fest chair Harold Matzner. "In Trumbo, Cranston brings his amazing talent to his portrayal of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. For this brilliant performance, worthy of the awards recognition it has been receiving, it is an honor to present Bryan Cranston with the 2016 Spotlight Award (actor)."

PSIFF previously announced that The Martian lead actor Matt Damon will receive its Chairman's Award; 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); The Danish Girl and Ex Machina supporting actress Alicia Vikander will receive its Rising Star Award; Room lead actress Brie Larson will receive its Breakthrough Performance Award; Steve Jobs lead actor Michael Fassbender will receive its International Star Award (actor); Brooklyn lead actress Saoirse Ronan will receive its International Star Award (actrress); Carol supporting actress Rooney Mara will receive its Spotlight Award (actress); and Spotlight co-writer/director Tom McCarthy will receive its Sonny Bono Visionary Award.