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'Gone Girl's' Rosamund Pike to be honored by Palm Springs Film Festival

It was announced today by the Palm Springs International Film Festival via a press release that "Gone Girl" star Rosamund Pike will be receiving the Breakthrough Award, Actress, during the festival's gala awards evening on Jan. 3, 2014, at the Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California.

“Rosamund Pike perfectly taps into Gillian Flynn’s complex character from the novel 'Gone Girl' bringing to life the privileged, manipulative and calculating Amy Dunne. It’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For this outstanding performance it is an honor to present her with the 2015 Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress.”

Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Huffman, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Hudson. In the years they were honored, Hudson, Cotillard, and Nyong’o went on to receive Academy Awards, while Renner and Huffman received Oscar nominations.

David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is a melodramatic and thrilling tale of betrayal that takes the moviegoer to places that are completely and fascinatingly unpredictable. The film is based on the novel "Gone Girl," and the script written by Hollywood Film Award winner Gillian Flynn. Along with Pike, the film stars Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.

Rosamund Pike was born in London in 1979. Her mother is a classical violinist and her father is an opera singer, she is their only child. As a child she started acting at the National Youth Theatre. When she was starring in a National Youth Theatre production of "Romeo & Juliet," she was discovered by an agent and as they say, the rest is history.

Pike starred opposite Keira Knightley in the 2005 film "Pride and Prejudice," starred with "Pride & Prejudice" alumni Carey Mulligan in "An Education," and just recently starred opposite Simon Pegg in "Hector and the Search for Happiness."

The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs from Jan. 2-12, 2015.

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