Update: Dec 21 2021 12:08 STI
Washington [US], Dec. 21 (ANI): The Palm Springs International Film Festival has canceled its in-person awards ceremony, due to growing concerns about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.
According to Variety, the organization behind the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced the cancellation on Monday.
The annual awards were to be presented at a ceremony held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 6.
The organization announced the cancellation in a statement that said, “We are taking this action due to the recent increase in COVID cases and out of caution to ensure the health and safety of award recipients, customers and the public. staff.”
“The Palm Springs Film Awards are one of the biggest events in the film world with 2,500 guests and over 1,000 employees in the theater,” the statement continued.
“The Film Awards will team up with ‘Entertainment Tonight’ to celebrate this year’s winners with details to follow. Those who purchased tickets to the Film Awards will be reimbursed. We hope to return to the Film Awards at an event in person in 2023, “the statement concludes.
The film company also noted that the screening portion of the Palm Springs Film Festival, which runs Jan. 7-17, will still take place and will require proof of vaccination and masks in theaters.
Regarded as a precursor to the Oscars and one of the first big awards of the new year, the winners of the 2022 festival are Kristen Stewart (who won the Spotlight Award, actress for ‘Spencer’), Penelope Cruz (the International Star Award, Actress for ‘Parallel Mothers’), Jane Campion (Director of the Year, ‘The Power of the Dog’), Jessica Chastain (The Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’), Jennifer Hudson (the Chairman’s Award, ‘Respect’), Andrew Garfield (The Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’), Lady Gaga (the Icon Award, ‘House of Gucci’) and Nicole Kidman (the Career Achievement Award, ‘Being the Ricardos’).
The Vanguard Award goes to Sir Kenneth Branagh and the cast of “Belfast” (Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan, Ciaran Hinds and Jude Hill), while the cast of “King Richard” (Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton, Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn) won the Ensemble Performance Award.
This is the second year in a row that the Palm Springs Film Awards gala has been canceled.
For 2021, the film festival has named 11 winners – Riz Ahmed (“Sound of Metal”), Viola Davis (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”), Andra Day (“The United States vs. Billie Holiday”), Anthony Hopkins ( “The Father”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”), Carey Mulligan (“Promising Young Woman”), Leslie Odom Jr. (“A Night in Miami”), Gary Oldman (“Mank”), Chloe Zhao (‘Nomadland’) and the movie ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’.
The 11 winners went on to receive Oscar nominations, with Hopkins, Kaluuya and Zhao winning Oscar trophies.
Originally slated for Jan. 7 at Parker Palm Springs, the winners of this event include Javier Bardem (Creative Impact in Acting Award winner) and Asghar Farhadi (Creative Impact in Directing Award). (ANI)