Casey Affleck to Receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award 

Casey Affleck is being honored at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival for his fantastic performance in Kenneth Lonergan's "Manchester by the Sea!" I sat down with Affleck and his co-star, Michelle Williams, for the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival. Take a look at my interview:

And here's the full press release from the Palm Springs International Film Festival:

Palm Springs, CA (November 11, 2016) – The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Casey Affleck with the Desert Palm Achievement Casey AffleckAward, Actor at its annual Film Awards Gala for his performance in Manchester By the Sea. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. The Film AwardsGala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-16.

“Casey Affleck delivers his finest performance in Manchester By the Sea, playing a Boston janitor living a lonely and isolated existence,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “He has earned rave reviews from critics and is sure to garner awards attention. It is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, to Casey Affleck.”

Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Eddie Redmayne. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, Penn and Redmayne went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar® nominations.

Affleck stars in Manchester by the Sea, the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, about the life of a solitary Boston janitor who is haunted by his past when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope. The film also stars Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol and C.J. Wilson.

Casey Affleck was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award® and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in the character drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. His film credits include Gone Baby Gone, Gerry, Good Will Hunting, To Die For, Interstellar, Out of the Furnace, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Steven Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy, Triple 9, and The Finest Hours.

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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I’m Loving Ruth Negga! See My Lovely Interview with the Actress for “Loving” 

From Focus Features, the fantastic studio who brought us Felicity Jones in 2014 (“The Theory of Everything”) and Alicia Vikander last year for “The Danish Girl,” comes Ruth Negga! You will be mesmerized by her powerfully understated performance in “Loving.” And she’s also quite smart and full of heart! Take a look at my interview with the actress for “Loving” where I told her I’ll see her at the Oscars! Mark my words!

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Joel Edgerton Talks about “Loving” 

Joel Edgerton (“Warrior,” “The Gift”) disappears into the role of Richard Loving in writer/director Jeff Nichols’ “Loving.” Together with his on-screen partner, the equally wonderful Ruth Negga, the couple gave the year’s most understated performances. Simply put, I’m loving “Loving!” Take a look at my interview with Edgerton for “Loving.”

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Terri Abney Reveals Inspiration for Her “Loving” Character 

You will fall in love with Terri Abney when you see her performance as Mildred’s (Ruth Negga) sister in “Loving.” I sat down with the delightful actress to talk about her inspiration behind her real-life character of Garnet.

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Writer/Director Jeff Nichols Talks about “Loving”  

Writer/director Jeff Nichols creates an emotionally-rich homage to the real-life Lovings, Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) in “Loving.” It’s a biopic about an interracial couple who fought for their right to love one another. It’s a strong Oscar contender. Take a look at my interview with Nichols for “Loving.”

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