“Harriet” star Cynthia Erivo will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala on Jan. 2, PSIFF organizers announced on Friday.
Erivo currently stars in the Kasi Lemmons film as pioneering abolitionist and freedom fighter Harriet Tubman. She also co-wrote and sings the film’s closing-credits song, “Stand Up,” which recently made the shortlist in the Oscars’ Best Original Song category.
Erivo made her initial mark on the stage, where she won a Tony Award for the 2015 Broadway revival of “The Color Purple.” She has also won a Grammy Award for the “Color Purple” cast album and a Daytime Emmy for a televised performance from the show. In 2018, she appeared on screen in “Widows” and “Bad Times at the El Royale.”
She joins fellow PSIFF honorees Antonio Banderas (International Star Award, Actor), Laura Dern (Career Achievement Award), Zack Gottsagen (Rising Star Award), Jennifer Lopez (Spotlight Award), Joaquin Phoenix (Chairman’s Award), Martin Scorsese (Sonny Bono Visionary Award), Charlize Theron (International Star Award, Actress) and Renée Zellweger (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress). Additional honorees will be announced in coming days.
The 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, Jan. 2 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles, with the film festival itself running through Jan. 13.