Iconic! Tom Hanks to be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival! 

Palm Springs, CA (November 10, 2016) – The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Tom Hanks with the Icon Award at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in Sully. The Film Awards Gala will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and hosted by Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 2-16.

“Tom Hanks delivers yet another career-defining performance bringing to life the heroism of airline pilot Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “This is sure to be remembered in his long list of iconic character roles, including those in Forrest Gump, Captain Phillips, Castaway, Philadelphia, Saving Private Ryan, the Toy Story films and so many others. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present this year’s Icon Award to Tom Hanks.”

Past recipients of the Icon Award include Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall and Meryl Streep. In 2014, Hanks received the Festival’s Chairman’s Award.

The film Sully is from Oscar®-winning director Clint Eastwood, starring Oscar® winner Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as he was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. The film also stars Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney.

Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor, producer and director. He won back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards® for his work in Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia and the title role in Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump. He also won Golden Globe Awards for both films, as well as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for the latter. His other feature credits include Bridge of Spies, A Hologram for the King, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Cloud Atlas, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Larry Crowne, The Ladykillers, The Terminal, Catch Me If You Can, Saving Private Ryan, Road to Perdition, That Thing You Do, The Green Mile, You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, A League of Their Own, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Inferno, Splash and the animated Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Cars and The Polar Express. His next film will be James Ponsoldt’s The Circle.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, an upscale black-tie event attended by 2,500, 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, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Julianne Moore, Brad Pitt, Eddie Redmayne, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Reese Witherspoon.

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“OJ: Made in America” Named Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature) and “13th” Named Best Documentary (TV/Streaming) at Inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards 

(Brooklyn, NY – November 3, 2016) – The Broadcast Film Critics’ Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced the winners of the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards tonight at a gala event, hosted by Penn Jillette at BRIC in Brooklyn.

OJ: Made in America took home the most awards for the evening with Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature), Best Director (Theatrical Feature) for Ezra Edelman, Best Limited Documentary Series and Best Sports Documentary.

13th won three awards for Best Documentary (TV/Streaming), Best Political Documentary and Best Director (TV/Streaming) for Ava DuVernay.

The Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming) was a tie, with awards going to both Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker for Everything is Copy: Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted. and Deborah Esquenazi for Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four. Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg won Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature) for Weiner.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years took home Best Music Documentary and I’m Still Here from Miss Sharon Jones – Written by Sharon Jones – Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings took home the award for Best Song in a Documentary.

ESPN’s 30 for 30 won Best Ongoing Documentary Series and Keith Maitland’s Tower took home the award for Most Innovative Documentary.

Host Penn Jillette lead the celebrations for this year’s Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary honorees Danny Fields (Danny Says), Iggy Pop (Gimme Danger), Kirsten Johnson (Cameraperson), Owen Suskind (Life, Animated), Sharon Jones (Miss Sharon Jones!), Steve Gleason (Gleason) and Theo Padnos (Theo Who Lived).

The inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards honor the finest achievement in documentary features and non-fiction television. The awards were determined by BFCA and BTJA members with expertise in the documentary field.

The Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards was produced by Bob Bain Productions.


The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 300 television, radio and online critics. The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) is a partner organization to the BFCA and includes TV, radio and Internet journalists who cover television on a regular basis. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com



Best Documentary (Theatrical Feature) - O.J.: Made in America

Best Director (Theatrical Feature) - Ezra Edelman - O.J.: Made in America

Best Documentary (TV/Streaming) - 13th

Best Director (TV/Streaming) - Ava DuVernay - 13th

Best First Documentary (Theatrical Feature) - Jack Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg - Weiner

Best First Documentary (TV/Streaming) - (TIE) - Jacob Bernstein and Nick Hooker - Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted and Unscripted and Deborah Esquenazi - Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

Best Political Documentary - 13th

Best Sports Documentary - O.J.: Made in America

Best Music Documentary - The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years

Best Song in a Documentary - "I'm Still Here" - Miss Sharon Jones - Written by Sharon Jones - Performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Best Limited Documentary Series - O.J.: Made in America

Best Ongoing Documentary Series - 30 for 30

Most Innovative Documentary - The Tower

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Ewan McGregor Talks About Directing “American Pastoral” 

Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut with the adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-prize winning novel “American Pastoral.” What compelled McGregor to direct? See the actor’s passion in this interview for “American Pastoral.”

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Jennifer Connelly Talks About “American Pastoral” 

Jennifer Connelly stars as Dawn Levov in Ewan McGregor’s adaptation of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Philip Roth. I sat down with the Oscar winner to talk about her character and the film.

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Dakota Fanning Interview for “American Pastoral” 

Dakota Fanning is all grown up and she is playing a shocking but heartfelt character in Ewan McGregor’s “American Pastoral.” I sat down with the actress to talk about her interest in making the film, her character of Merry, and her passion!

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