Michael Fassbender to receive top actor award at gala

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Michael Fassbender with its International Star Award, Actor Jan. 2 at its Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The award is distinguished this year from the International Star Award, Actress, which is going to “Brooklyn” star Saoirse Ronan. Past International Star Award honorees include BAFTA and Academy Award winning actors Javier Bardem and Helen Mirren.

“Throughout his career Michael Fassbender has brought to life riveting performances on the screen in films such as ‘Hunger,’ ‘Shame,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and ‘Prometheus’,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, ‘Steve Jobs,’ Fassbender delivers another stunning performance of subtlety and power, presenting the Apple co-founder as both a witty and engaging person and a conflicted Machiavellian.”

Fassbender is an award-winning actor and producer. He made his big-screen debut in Zack Snyder’s “300.” His other film credits include “Fish Tank,” “X-Men: First Class,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Prometheus,” “A Dangerous Method,” “Jane Eyre,” “Haywire,” “The Counselor,” “Frank” and “Slow West.” His latest role is in “Macbeth,” which just opened in the U.S.

The gala, which is sold out, will also present awards to previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy and Saoirse Ronan. The Awards Gala will be hosted by Mary Hart, with presenting sponsor “Entertainment Tonight.” The festival runs Jan. 1-11 at venues throughout Palm Springs at the Mary Pickford Theaters in Cathedral City.

For more festival information, call (760) 322-2930 or visit psfilmfest.org.

Source: The Desert Sun