British actress Carey Mulligan will receive the International Star Award, Actress at the 2021 Palm Springs International Film Awards for her performance in “Promising Young Woman.”
Festival organizers in November cancelled the 32nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival planned for Feb. 25 to March 8. The Film Awards Gala will not be an in-person event this year, but honorees still will be recognized from this year’s films.
Media partner Entertainment Tonight will highlight all the individual honoree announcements for a tribute segment during the week of Feb. 8, followed by film clips that will re-air on Entertainment Tonight Weekend on Feb. 13 or 20. The week of Feb. 22 Entertainment Tonight will celebrate the honorees with a story that includes exclusive interviews from the honorees with their awards.
Festival Chairman Harold Matzner called the film “an entertaining story of female power.”
“For this daring and outstanding performance, it is our honor to present the International Star Award to Carey Mulligan,” Matzner said.
“Promising Young Woman” is a feminist tale of vengeance. Mulligan plays Cassandra “Cassie” Thomas, a medical student who drops out of school after her friend’s rape and no one believing her. Cassie begins to confront each of the parties involved.
Linda Holmes of NPR praised Mulligan’s performance, adding, “(Mulligan) is expertly inscrutable when Cassie is at her most opaque, and she is transparently present when Cassie periodically shows the cracks in her resolve or the smudges in her mask of makeup.”
Mulligan previously received the Breakthrough Performance Award in 2011 for her roles in “Never Let Me Go” and “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”
Mulligan’s first role was in the 2005 screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic novel “Pride and Prejudice” as Kitty Bennet, followed by roles in the BBC TV miniseries “Bleak House” and “The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard” in 2006. She also had roles in the 2009 John Dillinger biopic “Public Enemies,” the crime drama “Drive” in 2011 and the 2013 film “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
Her performance in the 2009 film “An Education” earned her several nominations at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
Past recipients of the International Star Award include Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren and Gary Oldman. Last year’s recipient, Charlize Theron, went on to receive a a nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
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