Olivia Colman to Receive Palm Springs Film Festival’s Desert Palm Award

The star of Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” will receive the honor at the festival’s annual Awards Gala on Jan. 3, 2019

The Favourite
"The Favourite" / Fox Searchlight

Olivia Colman, who received Golden Globe, SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” has been named the recipient of the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 2019 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress.

The award will be presented to Colman at PSIFF’s annual Awards Gala, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center during the kickoff to the 12-day festival.

Colman joins previously announced honorees Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Regina King, Spike Lee, Rami Malek, Melissa McCarthy and the filmmakers and cast of “Green Book.”

In the twisted 18th-century costume drama “The Favourite,” Colman plays a weak and indecisive Queen Anne, whose favor is being sought by cousins played by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. A typically barbed satire from Greek director Lanthimos, the film recently swept the British Independent Film Awards and is considered a strong Oscar contender.

Colman’s previous work includes “Tyrannosaur,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” “London Road,” “The Night Manager” and Lanthimos’ “The Lobster.” She is currently filming the third season of “The Crown,” in which she has taken over the role of Queen Elizabeth II after Claire Foy played a younger version of the Queen in the first two seasons.

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan and Halle Berry.