The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival presented actor Bradley Cooper with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for his performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” on Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, Calif. Presented by Cartier and hosted by TV personality Mary Hart, the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala Awards also presented awards to the cast of “Argo,” Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts, Helen Mirren, Richard Gere, composer Mychael Danna, director Tom Hooper, composer and director Robert Zemeckis. The Festival runs January 3-14.
“Bradley Cooper is just one of the many silver linings in David O. Russell’s enjoyable film ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Cooper’s portrayal of Pat Solution is a career best performance that has created Oscar buzz and has audiences rooting for him despite the challenges he faces throughout the film. It is our honor to present the 2013 Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting to Bradley Cooper.”
The Weinstein Company presents “Silver Linings Playbook,” a family drama, comedy and love story based on the bestselling novel by Matthew Quick, written and directed by David O. Russell. Pat Solution has lost everything — his house, his job, and his wife. He now finds himself living back with his parents and after spending 8 months in a state institution on a plea bargain. Pat is determined to rebuild his life, remain positive and reunite with his wife, despite the challenging circumstances of their separation. All Pat’s parents want is for him to get back on his feet – and to share their family’s obsession with their favorite Philadelphia football team. When Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own, things get complicated. Tiffany offers to help Pat reconnect with his wife, but only if he’ll do something very important for her in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives. Cooper served as an executive producer on the film and stars in it along with Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jackie Weaver, Anuran Khmer and Chris Tucker.
Cooper received Best Actor honors from the National Board of Review and is nominated for a Best Male Lead Independent Spirit Award. Past honorees of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and John Travolta.
With extensive training and experience in theater, television and film, Bradley Cooper is one of the industry’s most sought after actors. Cooper’s film credits include “The Hangover,” “The Hangover Part II,” “Limitless,” “The Words,” “The A-Team,” “New York I Love You,” “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “All About Steve,” “Yes Man,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Wet Hot American Summer.” His upcoming film projects scheduled for release in 2013 include “The Hangover Part III,” “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Serena.”
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com