Palm Springs, CA (December 20, 2019) – The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Adam Driver with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala. The event, presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight and hosted by Mary Hart, is scheduled for Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs January 2-13, 2020.  

“This has been a career year for Adam Driver with an award-winning role in Marriage Story, and solid performances in The Report and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In Marriage Story, Adam Driver brings raw human emotions in his portrayal of a man going through an acrimonious divorce in this powerful and moving story. For this outstanding performance, we are honored to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor to Adam Driver.”

Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Casey Affleck, Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Eddie Redmayne. In the years they were honored, Affleck, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, Oldman, Penn and Redmayne went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar® nominations.

Driver joins this year’s previously announced honorees Antonio Banderas (International Star Award, Actor), Laura Dern (Career Achievement Award), Cynthia Erivo (Breakthrough Performance Award), Zack Gottsagen (Rising Star Award), Jennifer Lopez (Spotlight Award), Joaquin Phoenix (Chairman’s Award), Martin Scorsese (Sonny Bono Visionary Award), Charlize Theron (International Star Award, Actress) and Renée Zellweger (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress). 

Marriage Story is Academy Award nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver with Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta co-starring. For his role in the film, Driver has received a Best Actor Gotham Award as well as nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama from the Golden Globes; Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role from Screen Actor Guilds Awards; Best Actor from the Critics’ Choice Awards as well as Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama from Satellite Awards. Marriage Story debuted earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival and was awarded the Film Independent Spirit Awards’ ‘Robert Altman Award’, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, ensemble cast and casting director.

Last year, Driver co-starred in Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, alongside John David Washington. For his portrayal, he received numerous accolades, including Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations in the category of Best Supporting Actor. His film credits include The Report, The Dead Don’t Die, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Logan Lucky, Silence, Paterson, Midnight Special, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, This Is Where I Leave You, The Meyerowitz Stories, While We’re Young, Frances Ha, Hungry Hearts for which he received the Venice International Film Festival’s Volpi Cup, Tracks, Inside Llewyn DavisLincoln and J. Edgar. His television credits include HBO’s critically acclaimed series Girls, where his performance in the show garnered him three consecutive Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. 

Most recently, Driver starred in the first Broadway revival of Michael Mayer’s “Burn This,’ which garnered him a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance in a Leading Role as well as a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance. Past Broadway credits include “Man and Boy” (dir. Maria Aitken), as well as “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” (dir. Doug Hughes). Off-Broadway, he starred in “Look Back in Anger” (dir. Sam Gold), which earned him the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor. Prior to that, he took the stage in The Signature’s revival of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” (dir. Michael Greif). 

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 136,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, a glamorous, black-tie event attended by 2,500, presented this year by American Express and sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight. The Film Awards Gala honors the year’s best achievements in cinema in front of and behind the camera. The celebrated list of talents who have been honored in recent years includes Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Mary J. Blige, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Gal Gadot, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, Rami Malek, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron and Reese Witherspoon. Call 760-969-7533 for Gala tickets or tables, 760-778-8979 or 800-898-7256 for Film Festival information or visit

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