The organizers of the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced Wednesday that South Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn will receive a Spotlight Award for her role in “Minari,” which marked her first performance in an American feature film.
“Yuh-Jung Youn wonderfully portrays a feisty and foul-mouthed grandmother whose Korean-American family has suddenly moved from California to a hardscrabble farm in Arkansas,” festival Chairman Harold Matzner said. “Hers is a performance that crosses culture and language, one that fully reveals the skills of her long, brilliant career.”
Youn, 73, also rece3ived a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her performance.
The Palm Springs film festival’s in-person activities, including the awards gala, are canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the Palm Springs International Film Society still plans to acknowledge this year’s most celebrated films and film performances via a tribute that will air Thursday on “Entertainment Tonight.”
Festival organizers previously announced director Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”) and actors Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Anthony Hopkins (“The Father”), Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“One Night in Miami”), Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Gary Oldman (“Mank”) and Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”) as 2021 honorees, along with “The Trial of the Chicago 7” as the winner of the Vanguard Award that recognizes a director and cast for “collective work on an exceptional film project.”
Variety will honor British director Steve McQueen with the Creative Impact in Directing Award at the 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards virtual event on Feb. 26 for “Small Axe,” a collection of films he created for Amazon Studios.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is set to return next year. The Palm Springs ShortFest is scheduled for June 22-28.
More information can be found at www.psfilmfest.org.