Bryan Cranston to Receive Spotlight Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Cranston has already received Golden Globe and SAG nominations for his performance in “Trumbo”

Bryan Cranston has become the 10th person to be named recipient of an award at the 2016 Palm Springs International Film Festival, landing the festival’s Spotlight Award, Actor for his performance as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Jay Roach‘s “Trumbo.”

Cranston joins “Carol” star Rooney Mara, who was previously announced as recipient of the festival’s Spotlight Award, Actress. Other honorees at Saturday’s Awards Gala include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander.

The gala will be hosted by Mary Hart and will serve both as a fundraiser for the Palm Springs Film Society and a campaign stop during the final week of Oscar voting.

“Whether on film, television or Broadway, Bryan Cranston is an outstanding actor who delivers an extraordinary and memorable performance with each character he takes on,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement announcing the award.

Past recipients of the Spotlight Award include Julia Roberts, Jessica Chastain, J.K. Simmons and Amy Adams.

Cranston has received Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations for his performance. He is now looking for the third leg of the Emmy/Grammy/Oscar/Tony grand slam known as the EGOT; he won four Emmy Awards for his portrayal of drug-dealing Walter White in “Breaking Bad,” and a Tony for playing President Lyndon B. Johnson on Broadway in “All the Way.” He recently reprised the role of LBJ in a TV adaptation directed by Roach and airing for HBO in 2016.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will kick off on Friday and run through Jan. 11 in the desert resort east of Los Angeles.

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