The Palm Springs Film Awards are early indicators of Awards Season success

The Palm Springs International Film Festival Film Awards are famously early predictors of Academy Award winners. And 2022 was no exception. 

Although the Palm Springs Film Awards 2022 did not take place in person this year due to an abundance of caution around Covid, Festival Chairman Harold Matzner and the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs Film Society recognized outstanding achievements in film nonetheless. 

So how did our Oscar crystal ball do this year?

✅  Palm Springs awarded Kristen Stewart the Spotlight Actress Award for Spencer.

 The Academy nominated her for Best Actress.

✅  Penélope Cruz won the International Star Award, Actress for Parallel Mothers in Palm Springs. 

The Academy nominated her for Best Actress

🏆  Jane Campion was named Director of the Year for The Power of the Dog and won the Oscar for Best Director.

🏆  The Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, went to Jessica Chastain for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, as did the Oscar for Best Actress.

✅  Andrew Garfield was honored with the The Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, and a Best Actor nomination for Tick..Tick..BOOM.

✅   The Vanguard Award was awarded for Belfast to Kenneth Branagh, Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds, and Jude Hill by the Palm Springs awards. Ciarán Hinds was nominated for Best Actor and Belfast was nominated for Best Picture.

🏆  The Palm Springs Ensemble Performance Award went to the following for King Richard: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal, and Tony Goldwyn.  Will Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor and King Richard was nominated for Best Picture.

✅  Our Career Achievement Award went to Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos, who was nominated for Best Actress by the Academy. 

⭐️ The Palm Springs Film Society also honored Lady Gaga with the Icon Award for House of Gucci and Jennifer Hudson with The Chairman’s Award for Respect. 

Now that 2022’s Awards Season has wrapped, Harold and the rest of the Board look forward to seeing you at the Gala and Festival in 2023, if not at the movies before then. 


🎬 The 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival: 

Thursday, January 5, 2023 through Monday, January 16, 2023

🏆 The Film Awards and Gala:

January 5, 2023  

🎟 Tickets go on sale August 1, 2022.