The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) has become a springboard of momentum for Oscar winners.
Matthew McConaughey was awarded hist firsr-ever Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Ron Woodruff in the movie, Dallas Buyers Club, at the 86th annual Academy Awards March 2. Just two months earlier, McConaughey was in Palm Springs to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award – Actor award at the 25th annual PSIFF's Awards Gala.
Inspired by true events, McConaughey played real-life cowboy Ron Woodroof, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and given a month to live – but fought for dignity, acceptance, and living life to the fullest. Jared Leto, who played a transexual in the film, also collected the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Lupita Nyong'o captured her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie, 12 Years A Slave. She was also honored by the PSIFF with the Breakthrough Performance Award.
12 Years a Slave earned the Oscar for Best Picture, which was directed by Steve McQueen. McQueen was honored with the Director of the Year Award by the PSIFF.