Naomi Watts to Receive Achievement Award at the Palm Springs Festival

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in 'The Impossible'

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star in 'The Impossible' - Photo © Summit Entertainment

Naomi Watts is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Watts was chosen for the honor because of her performance in The Impossible co-starring Ewan McGregor and based on a true story.
 
Watts will be presented with the award at the Awards Gala on January 5th.
 
“We’re delighted to pay tribute to Naomi Watts, one of the most gifted and versatile performers to grace the screen,” stated Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. “The Impossible, the true story of the tsunami that stunned the world with its fury, is the vehicle for Ms. Watts to display the talent and sensitivity that cinema lovers have come to expect and appreciate from her. It is our honor to present the 2013 Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award to Naomi Watts, for a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.”
 
The 2013 PSIFF runs January 3th – 14th.
 
The Impossible Plot:
 
“Maria (Watts), Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.
 
Based on a true story, The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time. But the true-life terror is tempered by the unexpected displays of compassion, courage and simple kindness that Maria and her family encounter during the darkest hours of their lives. Both epic and intimate, devastating and uplifting, The Impossible is a journey to the core of the human heart.”
 
Source: PSIFF
 
Posted by Rebecca Murray


 

Rebecca Murray

Editor in Chief at ShowbizJunkies
Journalist covering the entertainment industry for more than 13 years. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and San Diego Film Critics Society.

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