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Duvall, Inarritu in Palm Springs Honours

Robert Duvall will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Icon Award while Alejandro G Iñárritu will receive the Director Of The Year Award for Birdman.

“Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in TheJudge,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.

“This is sure to be remembered in his long list of iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfatherfilms, Gus McCrae inLonesome Dove, Mac Sledge inTender Mercies, Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore in Apocalypse Now,The Apostle and so many others.”

Duvall received the festival’s Career Achievement Award in 2011. Prior recipients of the Icon Award include Michael Douglas and Meryl Streep.

“By creating the illusion that the film was shot in one take and directing award-worthy performances by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and a star-studded cast, Iñárritu has created a brilliant and original dark comedy in Birdman,” said Matzner.

“The festival is delighted to once again present Alejandro G Iñárritu with the Director Of The Year Award.”

Iñárritu received the festival’s Director Of The Year Award in 2007 for Babel and received the FIPRESCI prize in 2001 for AmoresPerros.

Prior recipients of the award include Steve McQueen, Robert Zemeckis, Stephen Daldry, David O Russell, Jason Reitman, Sean Penn and Alexander Payne.

Iñárritu’s credits include 21 Grams and Biutiful. He is currently shooting The Revenant for New Regency starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter.

PSIFF is scheduled to run from January 2-12.

Source: ScreenDaily

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