Nicole Kidman to receive the Career Achievement Award at PSIFF

Nicole Kidman will receive the Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Awards on January 6, 2022 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Academy Award®-winning actress honored for her performance in Being the Ricardos.

Festival President Harold Matzner said: “On American television there are few classic stars more beloved than Lucille Ball. Facing the challenge of playing such an iconic talent, Nicole Kidman delivers a truly perfect performance capturing both the comedic timing on-camera and the off-camera bravery that made Lucy an unstoppable force in the 50s and 60s. ”

Kidman plays Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos. Desi Arnaz is played by Javier Bardem. A festival statement says the couple are threatened by shocking personal accusations, political defamation and cultural taboos in a revealing glimpse into their complex romantic and professional relationship. The film enters the writers’ room, on the soundstage and behind closed doors with Ball and Arnaz during a week of critical production of their groundbreaking 1950s sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Writer and director Aaron’s behind-the-scenes drama Oscar® winner Sorkin also features JK Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale and Alia Shawkat, ”the statement continued.

Past Career Achievement Award winners are Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Spike Lee.

Nicole Kidman joins this year’s previously announced winners, Belfast (Vanguard Award) given to writer and director Kenneth Branagh and cast members Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds and Jude Hill; Jane Campion (director of the year award); Jessica Chastain (Palm of the Desert Achievement Award, actress); Penélope Cruz (International Star Award, Actress); Andrew Garfield (Desert Palm Award for Excellence, actor); Jennifer Hudson (President’s Award); King Richard (Ensemble Performance Award) presented to actors Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn; Kristen Stewart (Spotlight Award, Actress); and Lady Gaga (Icon Award).

The festival will run until January 17, 2022. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight.

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