Matt Damon to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival Award

The 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Matt Damon with the chairman’s award at the annual awards gala in January. “The Martian” director Ridley Scott will present Damon with the award.

“Since his breakthrough role in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ Matt Damon has taken on a series of challenging roles through his career,” Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said. “In his latest film, ‘The Martian,’ Damon dazzles yet again as Mark Watney, an astronaut desperately trying to survive on Mars, yet still finding a way to laugh and bring hope to an impossible situation. It is an honor to present Matt Damon with the 2016 Chairman’s Award.”

In “The Martian,” which is based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, Damon portrays astronaut Mark Watney, who’s on an aborted mission to Mars. Damon received a Golden Globe nomination for best actor and a best actor honor from the National Board of review for his part in the space drama.

PSIFF will also present awards to previously announced honorees, including Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Rooney Mara, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander.

The gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 2. The festival runs from Jan. 1 – 11.

Source: Variety