And the good news just keeps on coming! Legendary writer and director Richard Linklater has been recognised by the powers that be of the Palm Springs International Film Festival to receive the Visionary Award for his work on Boyhood, released earlier this year. A clown car of worthy actors have been selected for some of the most coveted awards at the festival, and they’ll have to make some room in the boot for Linklater. Here’s a list of a few of the winners announced so far:
1. Rosamund Pike – Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress (Gone Girl)
2. J.K. Simmons – Spotlight Award, Actor (Whiplash)
3. Eddie Redmayne – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor (The Theory of Everything)
4. Julianne Moore – Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress (Still Alice)
The PSIFF Awards have served as a pretty dependable early warning system for Oscar nominations, so this is the best sort of news for all involved.
Festival Chairman Harold Matzner describes Linklater’s Boyhood as “…A one of a kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast”, and especially praises Linklater for “…his creative innovations in filmmaking…”.
The full name of the award is the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, and the previous winners combined are a check-list of untouchable film makers: Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Hazanavicius and Tom Hooper. The awards will be hosted by Cartier, in case you were wondering.
To be honest I was certain Linklater would take the Director of the Year award, but the Visionary award is it’s own special medal of prowess and exuberance in the field.
This is really only the start of the announcements, though. Many award winners are yet to be named, including the recipients of Career Achievement, Director of the Year, the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing, the Icon Award, the Chairman’s Award and the Ensemble Performance Award. We’ll keep you updated as the info comes in, so keep those peepers peeled!
The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run from January 2nd-12th 2015. The Gala Awards will be held on January 3rd .