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Cate Blanchett to Receive Desert Palm Award From Palm Springs Film Festival

Actress will be honored for her performances in both ”Carol“ and ”Truth“


Cate Blanchett will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, PSIFF organizers announced on Friday.

The Australian actress will be honored for her dual performances in 2015, playing the title role in Todd Haynes‘ drama “Carol” and CBS News producer Mary Mapes in James Vanderbilt‘s “Truth.”

The award will be presented at the festival’s annual Awards Gala, which will take place on Saturday, Jan. 2 in the desert resort town 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

Blanchett’s award is the first to be announced by the festival this year, though another dozen or so honorees will be announced for the event, which is annually used as a campaign stop for those wishing to boost their profile in the final days of Oscar nomination voting.

Blanchett has won Academy Awards for “Blue Jasmine” and “The Aviator,” and has been nominated for “I’m Not There,” “Notes on a Scandal,” “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” Her performance in “Carol” is considered the likelier of her two 2015 roles to land awards attention.

Cate Blanchett is one of the most award-winning and outstanding actresses of her generation, delivering extraordinary performances throughout her career,” said PSIFF Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “In her latest films ‘Carol’ and ‘Truth,’ Blanchett yet again brings to life two vibrant characters, both worthy of awards recognition.”

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress include Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams and last year’s honoree, Julianne Moore.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will take place from Jan. 1- 11, 2016.