EXCLUSIVE: Saoirse Ronan’s performance in Lady Bird, a movie that has already been on a kudos roll this season, has added another honor by being named the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress from the Palm Springs Film Festival. The award will be presented at the 29th annual PSIFF awards gala on January 2. The 29th annual festival runs January 2-15.
Playing a catholic high school teenager trying to escape her family and surroundings in Sacramento, Ronan has already been honored with Best Actress prizes from the Gotham Awards and the New York Film Critics Circle, in addition to nabbing an Spirit Awards nomination for Lead Actress. She also is coming off her hosting gig on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live and is considered a strong bet for her third Oscar nomination following previous nods for 2007’s Atonement and 2015’s Brooklyn.
She joins previously announced 2018 PSIFF honorees Timothee Chalamet, Gal Gadot, Holly Hunter, Allison Janney, Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell, and The Shape Of Water.
“Saoirse Ronan delivers one of the most outstanding performances of this year as an outspoken high school student growing up in Sacramento in the critically acclaimed Lady Bird,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
Past recipients of the fest’s Actress honor include several who went on to win the Oscar including Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron.