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Palm Springs International Film Fest to Honor Lupita Nyong'o and Composer Thomas Newman

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 9, 2013 at 3:02PM

The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her turn as young slave Patsy in “12 Years a Slave,” and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at its annual Awards Gala on January 4.
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Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Lupita Nyong’o with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her turn as young slave Patsy in “12 Years a Slave,” and Thomas Newman with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing for Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at its annual Awards Gala on January 4. 

Newcomer Nyong’o has already been scoring some honors from critics’ circles -- the LA film critics voted her Best Supporting Actress, while the Boston critics placed her as runner up. Meanwhile Newman, an 11-time Oscar nominee ("Skyfall," "WALL-E"), is in the running to nab another nomination for "Saving Mr. Banks."

Previously announced gala honorees are Nyong'o's "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Matthew McConaughey and Julia Roberts. 

Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Mariah Carey, Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman, Carey Mulligan and Jeremy Renner.  In the years they were honored, Cotillard and Hudson went on to win Academy Awards, while Huffman and Renner received Oscar nominations.

The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Palm Springs International Film Festival , Lupita Nyong'o, Thomas Newman


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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.