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Gary Oldman honored by the Palm Springs Film Festival with the Chairman’s Award

Gary Oldman, courtesy of Gisele Schmidt

The Palm Springs International Film Awards has announced that Gary Oldman is the recipient of the Chairman’s Award for his performance in “Mank”. Due to Covid-19, the black-tie gala which usually features the winners of the yearly film award has been cancelled but honoree selections will be announced to recognize this year’s great performances and Entertainment Tonight will air a tribute to the honorees scheduled on February 11th and February 25th.

Harold Matzner, chairman of the Palm Springs International Film festival says "Gary Oldman gives another mesmerizing performance as Herman J. Mankiewicz in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’. Oldman plays the role to perfection as the films follows the screenwriter’s journey while is co-writing the script for ‘Citizen Kane’. We are delighted to recognize one of this generation’s greatest actors, Gary Oldman with this year’s Chairman’s Award.”

Oldman was previously honored at the festival with the Desert Palm Achievement Award in 2018 and International Star Award in 2012. He joins this year’s previously announced honoree Carey Mulligan, who was announced to be winner of the International Star Award winner.

Gary Oldman plays the lead in the film “Mank.” It’s a biopic of Oscar-winning filmmaker Herman J. Mankiewicz. It features the story of Mankiewicz’s role in writing the script for “Citizen Cain,” a film loosely based on the life of media mogul William Randolph Hearst and his lifelong relationship with actress Marion Davies.

Gary Oldman is perhaps headed for another Oscar nomination for his role in “Mank.” He won an Oscar for best actor in 2018 for his performance in “The Darkest Hour.”

Watch for Jack Fincher (father of director David Fincher) to receive award season attention for his witty screenplay and Amanda Seyfried is a Movie Gal predicted winner of the Best Supporting actress honors at the next Oscars.

Gary Oldman is a resident of the Palm Springs area.


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