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Joaquin Phoenix to receive Chairman’s Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival


Joaquin Phoenix will be honored at the 31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival with the Chairman's Award for his performance in "Joker."

"Joaquin Phoenix mesmerizes audiences in Joker with a performance that elicits empathy and reminds society on the whole that we can be better,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. "For this performance, another in his arsenal of unforgettable characters, we are honored to present Joaquin Phoenix with this year’s Chairman’s Award.”

Previous Chairman's Award recipients include last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Supporting Actress, Regina King, along with Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, and Reese Witherspoon.

Phoenix joins Renée Zellweger as announced honorees for this year’s Film Awards Gala.

Read: Renée Zellweger to receive Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress at PSIFF 31

The Film Awards Gala is scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Watch News Channel 3 for live coverage from the red carpet.

The 2020 Palm Springs Film Festival runs from January 2 to 13. Visit to purchase festival passes and Film Awards seats.

Joaquin Phoenix is a three-time Academy Award-nominated actor, earning his first Oscar nod in 2000 for best supporting actor in Ridley Scott's "Gladiator."

His second Oscar nomination, this one for Best Actor, came in 2006 for his role as legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Cash in James Mangold’s biopic "Walk the Line." This performance also earned him a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, as well as nominations for BAFTA, SAG, BFCA and Chicago Film Critics’ awards

Phoenix's third Oscar nod, again for best actor, came for his work in the Paul Thomas Anderson film "The Master." The performance also earned Phoenix the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and Golden Globe and BAFTA. nominations.

In 2017, Phoenix was awarded Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in the Lynne Ramsay-directed feature 'You Were Never Really Here.' He also starred in Gus Van Sant’s "Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot."

In Todd Phillips' "Joker," Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a Gotham City man longing for any light to shine on him, who tries his hand as a stand-up comic but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty and, ultimately, betrayal, Arthur makes one bad decision after another that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty, allegorical character study.

Phoenix's additional film credits include Her, Inherent Vice, Irrational Man, 8mm, The Village, Hotel Rwanda, We Own the Night, The Immigrant, U-Turn, Inventing the Abbotts, To Die For; and Parenthood.

Stay with News Channel 3 for continuing PSIFF coverage.

Jesus Reyes


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