Quentin Tarantino to Receive Director of the Year Award from Palm Springs Film Festival (Exclusive)

Steve Pond

Quentin Tarantino will receive the Director of the Year award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 2020 Awards Gala, PSIFF organizers announced on Friday.

Tarantino is being honored for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” his ninth feature film, which has also landed him directing nominations at the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Since premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the film has been one of the year’s most acclaimed, taking a spot on the American Film Institute’s Top 10 list and receiving nominations from virtually all the Hollywood guilds and professional organizations that give out awards.

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This announcement completes the lineup for the annual gala. In addition to Tarantino, the full list of honorees consists of Antonio Banderas and Charlize Theron (International Star Awards), Laura Dern (Career Achievement Award), Adam Driver and Renee Zellweger (Desert Palm Achievement Awards), Cynthia Erivo (Breakthrough Performance Award), Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Lopez (Spotlight Awards), Zack Gottsagen (Rising Star Award), Joaquin Phoenix (Chairman’s Award) and Martin Scorsese (Sonny Bono Visionary Award).

The Awards Gala will take place at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 2, 2020, at the beginning of the 31st annual film festival. The festival itself will run through Jan. 13 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles.

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