The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival presented two-time Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field (“Norma Rae,” “Places in the Heart”) with its Career Achievement Award on Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, Calif. Presented by Cartier, the evening was hosted by TV personality Mary Hart. The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala also presented awards to the cast of “Argo,” Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts, director Robert Zemeckis, composer Mychael Danna, director Tom Hooper, Helen Mirren, Bradley Cooper and Richard Gere. The Festival runs January 3-14.
“From her all-American girl roles that brought her early stardom on television to her memorable and award-winning film performances, Sally Field has impressed generations of audiences with her incredible range,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her latest film, ‘Lincoln,’ Field takes on the challenging role of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and gives a compelling performance as one of history’s most iconic women. For her stellar body of work, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to honor Sally Field with the 2013 Career Achievement Award.”
Past Career Achievement Award honorees include Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.
Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field in “Lincoln,” a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln” is produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Field received the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the film.
Sally Field is a two-time Academy Award winner for her performances in “Places in the Heart,” for which she also received a Golden Globe, and “Norma Rae,” for which she received a Golden Globe, along with the New York Film Critics Circle prize, the National Board of Review Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the National Society of Film Critics honor and Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. Field has also received Golden Globe nominations for her work in “Steel Magnolias,” “Murphy’s Romance,” “Kiss Me Goodbye,” “Absence of Malice,” and “Smokey and the Bandit.” Her many film credits include “Forrest Gump,” “Eye for an Eye,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Soapdish,” “Not Without My Daughter,” “The End,” “Hooper,” “Stay Hungry” and “Punchline.” Most recently, Field appeared as Aunt May in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which opened in July of this year.
Field began her career in the television series “Gidget,” and then went on to star in the “The Flying Nun.” She received Emmy Awards for her title role in the landmark miniseries “Sybil” and for her performance on “ER”.” She also received Emmy nominations for her role in Showtime’s “A Cooler Climate” and the NBC miniseries “A Woman of Independent Means,” which she co-produced and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Field co-starred in the ABC series drama “Brothers & Sisters” from 2006 to 2011, and for her role as Nora Walker, she received a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award as well as two Golden Globe nominations.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) 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