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Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival Honors 'Argo' with Ensemble Performance Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 5, 2012 at 12:57PM

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14) will honor Ben Affleck's "Argo" with the Ensemble Performance Award. Affleck, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston will be on hand to accept the award at a ceremony held on January 5.
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'Argo'
'Argo'

The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3-14) will honor Ben Affleck's "Argo" with the Ensemble Performance Award. Affleck, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston will be on hand to accept the award at a ceremony held on January 5.

"'Argo' features a plethora of colorful characters brought to life by an outstanding ensemble," Palm Springs fest chairman Harold Matzner stated. Also included in the ensemble for the 1970s Iran hostage-crisis drama are John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Scott McNairy, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Rory Cochrane, Christohper Denham, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.

Previously announced honorees Helen Hunt, Naomie Watts and Robert Zemeckis will also receive awards at the ceremony on January 5. Strategically timed awards tributes at Palm Springs and the Santa Barbara Film Festival can act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders.

This article is related to: Awards, Argo, Ben Affleck, Ben Affleck, Palm Springs International Film Festival


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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.