Eddie Redmayne will be presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award.
Redmayne will receive the honor at the Awards Gala on Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, according to officials with the Film Festival.
“From The Good Shepherd to Les Misrables, Eddie Redmayne has proven himself an actor poised for greatness,” said Harold Matzner, chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. “In The Theory of Everything, as ALS-stricken scientist Stephen Hawking, Redmayne captivates his audience as he goes through a powerful physical transformation, from a healthy college student to a dependent wheelchair-bound middle-aged man, in what is truly a stunning performance. We are honored to recognize Eddie Redmayne with the 2015 Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting.”
Coordinators describe The Theory of Everything as an extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love. The Focus Features release, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen , by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). The film stars Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, and David Thewlis.
Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Sean Penn, Matthew McConaughey, and Brad Pitt. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, and Penn went on to win the Academy Award ® for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar ® nominations, according to a film festival release.
Eddie Redmayne’s film credits include Les Misrables, My Week with Marilyn, Savage Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Like Minds, The Yellow Handkerchief, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Good Shepherd. His stage work includes Red – for which he won a Tony Award – Richard II, Now or Later, and The Goat or Who is Sylvia. His notable television credits include starring in the miniseries Birdsong, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Pillars of the Earth, and Elizabeth I. Redmayne was nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award and he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his fellow actors from Les Misrables for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place January 2-12.
The Awards Gala of the 26 th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival.