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Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards 2022

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Jennifer Hudson is the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for her performance in Respect. The Film Awards will take place in-person on January 6, 2022 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 17, 2022. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight.
“In Respect, Jennifer Hudson brings to life Aretha Franklin’s rise from childhood gospel singer to international star. Hudson transforms into the Queen of Soul singing her heart out in this legendary performance,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “It is our honor to recognize Jennifer Hudson’s phenomenal acting and singing talents with the Chairman’s Award.”
Hudson was previously honored at the festival with the Breakthrough Performance Award in 2007. Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, Gary Oldman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Reese Witherspoon. Hudson joins this year’s previously announced honorees Jane Campion (Director of the Year Award), Jessica Chastain (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress), Penélope Cruz (International Star Award, Actress) and Kristen Stewart (Spotlight Award, Actress).
Respect follows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Hudson, who was handpicked by Franklin to play this role, also executive produced this remarkable true story of Franklin’s journey to find her voice. The Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures film is directed by Liesl Tommy, written by Tracey Scott Wilson and also stars Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, and Mary J. Blige. The film was released domestically by United Artists Releasing.
Jennifer Hudson is a two-time Grammy® Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award®-winning actress, Emmy Award-winning producer, and best-selling author. In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award® for her role as ‘Effie’ in the smash hit Dreamgirls. Her breakout film performance also garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA and an NAACP Image Award. Additional film and television credits include Monster, Baba Yaga, Cats, Sing, Confirmation, Chi-Raq, Hairspray LIVE!, The Secret Life of Bees, Sex and the City: The Movie, Lullaby, Black Nativity, Winnie Mandela, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, The Three Stooges, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, Smash, and Empire. Hudson is also attached to executive produce and star in an untitled Christmas musical comedy at New Line. She will produce alongside Jonathan Glickman, with whom she also produced Respect.

Now entering its 33rd year, The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is scheduled from January 6-17, 2022. Its culturally diverse program of 180+ films from over 60 countries represents the best in international cinema, with more than 135,000 attendees each year. The Festival presents a large selection of films submitted for consideration in the Best International Feature Film category for the Academy Awards, as well as a large number of American independent and international features and documentaries.

The Festival will also hold its annual star-studded black-tie Film Awards, presented by American Express, on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The event will honor individuals in the film industry with awards for acting, directing, and lifetime achievement. All of the Film Awards’ 2021 honorees received Academy Award nominations. Honorees included Riz Ahmed (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor), Viola Davis (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress), Andra Day (Breakthrough Performance Award), Anthony Hopkins (Career Achievement Award), Daniel Kaluuya (International Star Award, Actor), Carey Mulligan (International Star Award, Actress), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Spotlight Award, Actor), Gary Oldman (Chairman’s Award), Chloé Zhao (Director of the Year Award), and The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Vanguard Award). Hopkins, Kaluuya, and Zhao won an Academy Award in their respective categories.

The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through education and cross-cultural awareness. The Film Society produces the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) and Film Awards in January and Palm Springs ShortFest in June. In addition to curating the best in international cinema, PSIFF’s Film Awards has come to be known as the first stop on the campaign trail for the Academy Awards® and its Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest is the largest short film festival and market in North America. Its festivals, year-round member screenings and educational programs manifest our organization’s mission by nurturing and encouraging new filmmaking talent, honoring the great masters of world cinema, and expanding audience horizons.

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