Palm Springs, California (December 6, 2021) – The Palm Springs International Film Awards announced that the cast of king richard is the recipient of the Ensemble Performance Award. The award will be presented to Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn, who are all expected to attend. The Film Awards will be held in person on January 6, 2022 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and the festival will run until January 17, 2022. The event will be presented by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight.
“king richard is a wonderful film that tells the moving story of the determination and vision of Richard William who, with the constant support of his wife Oracene, turned their daughters Venus and Serena into tennis superstars, ”said Harold Matzner, President of the festival. Will Smith absolutely transforms into Richard, alongside powerful Aunjanue Ellis as Oracene, in this true ensemble film which also features stellar performances from newcomers Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as Venus. and Serena, and an impressive cast, including Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal as hub coaches Paul Cohen and Rick Macci. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the Ensemble Performance Award to the cast of king richard. “
Past Ensemble Performance Award recipients include Oscar cast® winner of the best film, Argo, as well as the former nominees for the best film American Hustle, The Big Short, Hidden Figures, The Imitation Game and Social network.
king richard joins the winners previously announced this year: Belfast (Vanguard Prize) awarded to writer and director Kenneth Branagh and cast members Caitríona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciarán Hinds and Jude Hill; Jane Campion (director of the year award); Jessica Chastain (Desert Palm Award for Excellence, actress); Penélope Cruz (International Star Award, Actress); Andrew Garfield (Desert Palm Award for Excellence, actor); Jennifer Hudson (President’s Award); and Kristen Stewart (Spotlight Award, Actress).
Based on the true story that will inspire the world, king richard follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering determination and unconditional belief ultimately give birth to two of the world’s greatest sporting legends. Armed with a clear vision and a cheeky 78-page plan, Richard Williams is determined to make history his daughters, Venus and Serena. Training on the neglected tennis courts of Compton, Calif. Rain or shine, the girls are shaped by their father’s unwavering commitment and their mother’s balanced outlook and keen intuition. , defying the seemingly insurmountable probabilities and prevailing expectations placed upon them. The Warner Bros. Pictures is directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and stars Will Smith, who has also been a producer, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, with Tony Goldwyn and Jon Bernthal. The National Board of Review included the film in its list of best films and awarded Will Smith the award for best actor and Aunjanue Ellis for best supporting actress.
About the Palm Springs International Film Society
The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of filmmaking through education and cross-cultural awareness. The Film Society produces the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) and Film Awards each January and the Palm Springs ShortFest in June. In addition to hosting the best in international cinema, the PSIFF Film Awards are known as the first stop in the Oscars® campaign and our Oscar-eligible ShortFest is North America’s largest short film festival and market. Our festivals, member screenings throughout the year and educational programs manifest our organization’s mission by nurturing and nurturing new film talent, honoring the great masters of world cinema, and broadening audiences’ horizons.
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