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Steve McQueen to Receive Director of the Year Award at Palm Springs International Film Fest UPDATED

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 21, 2013 at 12:11PM

UPDATE:The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Fest will honor "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award. The honor will be presented to McQueen on January 4 at an awards gala that also includes honorees Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
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Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen
Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen

UPDATE:The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Fest will honor "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award. The honor will be presented to McQueen on January 4 at an awards gala that also includes honorees Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").

Past recipients of the Director of the Year Award include Stephen Daldry, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Alexander Payne, Sean Penn, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell and Robert Zemeckis.

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey

EARLIER: Matthew McConaughey will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for an Actor at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival's annual Awards Gala on January 4. Palm Springs is a stop on the obligatory Oscar promo tour; McConaughey has generated awards buzz this year for his role as real-life AIDS patient and under-the-table pharmacy runner Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club." 

Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive the Desert Palm. Past actor recipients include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, and Brad Pitt. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis and Penn went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth, Gyllenhaal and Pitt received nominations.

The fest, celebrating its 25th anniversary, runs January 3-14.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Palm Springs International Film Festival , Matthew McConaughey


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.