Film Festival Fetes ‘The Big Short’ Ensemble

Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale form mega quartet

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The Big Short, featuring the mega superstar quartet of Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale will be part of the cast to receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The cast will be represented at the Gala by Carell, Bale, and director Adam McKay. The Festival runs Jan. 1-11.

“Wall Street greed and its reverberating effects on the U.S. economy offer a modern backdrop for director Adam McKay’s smart and funny film The Big Short, adapted from the best-selling book by Michael Lewis,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Taking a complicated subject – the 2008 subprime mortgage bond crisis – McKay and his perfectly cast stars weave an engaging comedic story of a group of oddball money managers who see the train wreck coming and conspire to benefit.”

Past recipients of the Ensemble Performance Award include Academy Award winner for Best Picture Argo as well as past Best Picture nominees American Hustle, Babel, The Imitation Game and The Social Network.

When four outsiders see what the big banks, media and government regulators refuse to – the impending collapse of the global economy – they have an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of the modern banking industry where they must question everyone and everything.

Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers), The Big Short won the National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble, is nominated for four Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for both Carell and Bale, two Screen Actors Guild Awards including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for Bale.

The film has also earned seven Critics Choice Awards including Best Picture Best Acting Ensemble and Best Actor in a Comedy for both Bale and Carell. The film is produced by Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Arnon Milchan.

The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Rooney Mara, Tom McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander.

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