Thompson on Hollywood

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honoring Oscar winner Javier Bardem with its International Star Award at the festival's Gala on January 8, recognizing his critical and commercial success as a domestic and international star. Festival chairman Harold Matzner calls Bardem a "mesmerizing" actor who "brings a stinging intensity to his performances. He riveted audiences with his portrayal in No Country for Old Men and continues to raise the bar in his latest film, Biutiful.  Javier Bardem now ranks among the cinematic elite." Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan will also be receiving awards at the PSIFF, as previously announced.