Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2018) – The 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Timothée Chalamet with the Spotlight Award, Actor for Beautiful Boy at its annual Film Awards Gala. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight, and presented by American Express, will be held on Thursday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14. 

“Timothée Chalamet gives a heartwarming, but tragic performance as a young man struggling with drug addiction in the film Beautiful Boy,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Last year Timothée was the recipient of the Festival’s Rising Star Award for his role in Call Me by Your Name.  He is definitely a rising star.  It is our honor to present the Spotlight Award, Actor to Timothée Chalamet.”

He joins previously announced honorees Glenn Close, Olivia Colman, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Regina King, Spike Lee, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and the film Green Book. Past recipients of the Spotlight Award, Actor include Bryan Cranston, Andrew Garfield, Sam Rockwell and J.K. Simmons. All recipients received Academy Award® nominations in the year they were honored, with Rockwell and Simmons winning an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.  

From Amazon Studios, produced by Plan B Entertainment in association with Big IndiePictures, Beautiful Boy is a deeply moving portrait of a family’s unwavering love and commitment to each other in the face of their son’s addiction and his attempts at recovery. Based on two memoirs, one from acclaimed journalist David Sheff and one from his son, Nic Sheff. As Nic repeatedly relapses, the Sheffs are faced with the harsh reality that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and can hit any family at any time. The film is directed by Felix van Groeningen and also stars Steve Carell, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan.

For his role in the film, Chalamet has garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture, SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, and a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his critically acclaimed performance as Elio in Luca Guadagnino’s Oscar-nominated film Call Me By Your Name. His other film credits include Lady BirdHot Summer NightsA Rainy Day in New YorkHostilesInterstellarMiss Stevens and Men, Women & Children. Chalamet is currently filming The King, directed by David Michôd.

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 135,000 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 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 Ben Affleck, 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, Holly Hunter, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep 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 www.psfilmfest.org.

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