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Palm Springs Bestowing 'Flight''s Robert Zemeckis with Director of the Year Award

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 28, 2012 at 12:35PM

Robert Zemeckis will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Director of the Year Award for "Flight."
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Zemeckis and Denzel Washington on 'Flight' set
Zemeckis and Denzel Washington on 'Flight' set

Robert Zemeckis will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Director of the Year Award for "Flight." The festival, in its 24th year, runs January 3-14. PSIFF is also honoring Helen Hunt with its Spotlight Award and Naomi Watts with its Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting at a January 5 awards gala, during the runup to the Oscars.

Zemeckis joins past honorees David O. Russell, Jason Reitman, Sean Penn, Alexander Payne, Stephen Daldry, Ang Lee and Anthony Minghella.

Zemeckis' past films include "Forrest Gump" (for which he won the Oscar for Best Director), "Cast Away," "What Lies Beneath," "Back to the Future," "Contact" and many others.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Flight, Directors


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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.