Director Spike Lee will be recognized for his extensive body of work, including his latest film “BlacKkKlansman,” at the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival, the organizers announced Wednesday.
Lee will receive the Career Achievement Award at the festival’s 30th annual Film Awards Gala, set for Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights while creating an iconic body of film and television work over his 30-year career,” festival Chairman Harold Matzner said. “In `BlacKkKlansman,’ Lee directs one of his best and most provocative films about an African-American detective and a white detective who are determined to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs. It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Spike Lee.”
Past recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Annette Bening, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson.
Other previously announced 10`9 Palm Springs International Film Festival award recipients include Glenn Close, who will receive the Icon Award for her performance in “The Wife”; Rami Malek for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody”; Melissa McCarthy, who will receive the Spotlight Award for her dramatic turn in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Alfonso Cuaron, who will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award for his latest film, “Roma”; Bradley Cooper, who will receive the Director of the Year award for “A Star is Born”; Regina King, who will receive the Chairman’s Award for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk”; and the cast and director of “Green Book,” who will be presented with the Vanguard Award.
The festival runs from Jan. 3-14. Tickets are available at www.psfilmfest.org .