Palm Springs Film Fest: 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Star Regina King to Receive Chairman's Award

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Regina King, who has been nominated for Emmys in each of the last four years, winning three, has been chosen to receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Chairman's Award in recognition of her performance in Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk, for which she also received a best supporting actress Spirit Award nomination and National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle prizes last week.

The 30th edition of PSIFF is set to run Jan. 3-14. Cooper will collect his hardware at the fest's annual awards gala on Jan. 3.

Previous recipients of the honor include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon.

"Whether she’s acting, producing or directing, Regina King is an amazing creative talent," fest chair Harold Matzner said Tuesday in a statement. "In her latest film If Beale Street Could Talk, she gives an outstanding performance as Sharon Rivers, a mother supportive of her daughter whose fiancé is thrown in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. For her performance in this challenging role, which has received much critical acclaim, it is our honor to present the Chairman’s Award to Regina King."

PSIFF previously announced several other honors to be presented at its awards gala: Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) will receive the Director of the Year Award; Glenn Close (The Wife) will receive the Icon Award; Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award; Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) will receive the Spotlight Award; Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award; and Green Book's co-writer/director Peter Farrelly and stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali will receive the Vanguard Award. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming days.