Bryan Cranston has nabbed another awards-season honor as he has been named recipient of the Palm Springs Film Festival’s Spotlight Award, Actor, to be presented at the festival’s big awards gala on Saturday night. Cranston, no stranger to Emmy or Tony shows, has now been on a roll in the movie world with recent nominations for SAG, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice honors for his performance as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo.
The PSIFF’s Spotlight Award has been something of a good luck charm in recent years, with all five previous recipients going on to receive Oscar nominations including last year when J.K Simmons actually won the Oscar. On the female side, Rooney Mara has been named PSIFF’s Spotlight Award, Actress winner for Carol.
Cranston is no stranger to the desert as he is also one of the owners of the local Palm Desert theatre the Palme d’Or. Among others getting awards on Saturday are Rooney’s Carol co-star Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, director Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander.
The fest opens New Year’s Day with Finland’s Foreign Language Academy Award entry The Fencer, which recently made the Oscar shortlist of nine finalists.