On January 8, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Charlize Theron will be honored with the Indie Impact Award. Presented by Mercedes-Benz, the award celebrates a performer and filmmaker for outstanding contributions to the art and business of cinema.
Variety Executive Editor, Steven Gaydos, said:
“Charlize Theron continues to make an impact by committing herself to films that exemplify the best in independent cinema. She notably won an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Independent Spirit Award for the independent film ‘Monster,’ and contributed unforgettable performances to films such as ‘The Burning Plain,’ ‘In the Valley of Elah’ and ‘North Country.’ Her recent acclaimed work in ‘Young Adult,' for which she was recently nominated for a Golden Globe® Award, demonstrates Theron's characteristic edge and verve.”
Past recipients of this award include Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mark Wahlberg.
Variety is also honoring it’s “10 Directors to Watch,” which spotlights new directors who are doing exciting, amazing things in film. This year’s “10 Directors to Watch” are: Zal Batmanglij (“Sound of My Voice”); Valerie Donzelli (“Declaration of War”); Gareth Evans (“The Raid”); Philippe Falardeau (“Monsieur Lazhar”); Mike “Mouse” McCoy & Scott Waugh (“Act of Valor”); Gerardo Naranjo (“Miss Bala”); Matt Piedmont (“Casa de mi Padre”); Michael Roskam (“Bullhead”); Lynn Shelton (“Your Sister’s Sister”); and Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”).
The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place from January 5-16, 2012.