The 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), held its Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Thursday, January 5, 2023, co-hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner. Honorees were presented with either the John Kennedy “The Entertainer” statue or a Chihuly Glass Sculpture. The event was presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts.
The following awards were presented to and by plus previous recent honorees:
|Danielle Deadwyler Till||Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress||Brian Tyree Henry||Andra Day, Cynthia Erivo, Brie Larson, Jennifer Hudson, Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, Mary J. Blige, Rosamund Pike|
|Brendan Fraser The Whale||Spotlight Award, Actor||Hong Chau||Bryan Cranston and Andrew Garfield|
|Sarah Polley Women Talking||Director of the Year||Eric Idle||Jane Campion, Chloé Zhao, Quentin Tarantino, Bradley Cooper, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Steve McQueen, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell, Robert Zemeckis|
|Austin Butler Elvis||Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor||Baz Luhrmann||Rami Malek, Jeremy Renner, Mahershala Ali|
|Michelle Yeoh Everything Everywhere All at Once||International Star Award, Actress||Stephanie Hsu||Penélope Cruz, Carey Mulligan, Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Gary Oldman, Saoirse Ronan.|
|Colin Farrell The Banshees of Inisherin||Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor||Sam Rockwell||Andrew Garfield, Riz Ahmed, Adam Driver, Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne.|
|Cate Blanchett Tár||Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress||Jamie Lee Curtis||Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Renée Zellweger, Olivia Colman, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan|
|Bill Nighy Living||International Star Award, Actor||Kazuo Ishiguro||Daniel Kaluuya, Antonio Banderas, Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, Gary Oldman. Saoirse Ronan|
|Viola Davis The Woman King||Chairman’s Award (for acting and producing)||Cate Blanchett||Jennifer Hudson, Gary Oldman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks|
|Gabriel LaBelle, Keeley Karsten, Judd Hirsch, Julia Butters, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Sam Rechner, Seth Rogen, Steven Spielberg The Fabelmans||Vanguard Award||Sally Field||Belfast, Green Book, La La Land, Little Miss Sunshine, Shape of Water, The Trial of the Chicago 7, Young Adult|
Other guests included festival representative Lili Rodriguez (Artistic Director); Phillip Keene, Udo Kier, Thuso Mbedu (The Woman King), Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Woman King), Julius Tennon (The Woman King), Todd Field (TÁR) and Nina Hoss (TÁR).