Freeman to be feted by Palm Springs fest

Posted by · 1:20 pm · November 10th, 2009

Morgan FreemanI think there are just enough festivals out there where every contender can get his or her special tribute or designation.  What do you think?

Anyway, the press release, in part:

The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Morgan Freeman with the Career Achievement Award for Acting. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 5-18.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, “The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present Hollywood legend Morgan Freeman with the Career Achievement Award for his large and extraordinary body of work and his many memorable performances throughout the years, including his role as Nelson Mandela in Invictus.”

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  • 1 11-10-2009 at 1:50 pm

    Jim T said...

    With all these awards (competitive or career achievemnt) it is impressive that the Oscars have kept their power to draw as much attention as it did when it was the only film awards ceremony. I guess most people don’t know anything besides Oscars and Golden Globes. And we don’t count. We’re awards junkies. :p

    Seriously though, I am not sure film people really care about these awards. They know there are many people ready to give them something. Then again, being honored is always a nice way to spend your day.

  • 2 11-10-2009 at 2:33 pm

    Nick Davis said...

    I would go a step further and say that these incessant awards from southern California “film festivals” seem nakedly self-serving on behalf of both the festivals and the PR campaigns for the recipients and their current, Oscar-craving vehicles. I’m not sure I even see the value of covering these sorts of announcements, since they’re the kind of thing that hauls the Oscar race even further away from a meritocracy of achievement based on the actual films and into a kind of shell-game amongst massive, expensive, and almost arbitrary ad campaigns.

  • 3 11-10-2009 at 5:08 pm

    Michael said...

    The Palm Springs Fest is a FRAUD. Honoring Morgan Freeman for his performance in “Invictus.” Nobody saw the movie. Also, isn’t the chair of the Palm Springs Film Fest, Harold Matzner, the guy accused of first degree murder in New Jersey in the 60’s? Sort of a “mobster” type of character? I saw it in

  • 4 11-10-2009 at 6:19 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’m with you for the most part, Nick, but the reporting won’t stop anywhere else, why should it stop here? Not the most “rah-rah, take on the system” thing to say, but realities are realities.

  • 5 11-10-2009 at 6:34 pm

    Nicolas Mancuso said...

    “…and his many memorable performances throughout the years, including his role as Nelson Mandela in Invictus.”

    Have they actually seen “Invictus,” or are they just assuming his performance will be amazing?

  • 6 11-10-2009 at 6:44 pm

    Nick Davis said...

    I’m sympathetic to your position, Kris, and I realize it is an awards site. I would have no idea how to do your job, much less as well as you and the whole IC crew. I promise, I’m making the point so as to play devil’s advocate, not to be a presumptuous troll.

    So: it’s impossible for me to believe that any AMPAS voter is going to nominate Freeman or vote for him to win, or even consider doing so, based on this citation. It makes him no more or less likely to be nominated or “snubbed.” It doesn’t even do anything for his Globe chances, or for broader perceptions of the film, because it sounds so silly, even to those of us who care. I’d wager that this kind of thing is Oscar campaigning for nothing but its own sake, with absolutely 0% correlation to the actual Oscar race, much less to the quality of the movie or the performance. Why not stick it to some of this low-level shilling, which even the nominees often lament, and preserve your energies for what your site covers so brilliantly? – the parts of the race that are thought-provoking, illuminating of the individual derbies (before and behind the scenes), revealing of industry politics, responsive to the actual movies instead of just jerry-rigged advance perceptions….