Palm Springs, CA (November 17, 2023) – The Palm Springs International Film Awards  has announced that Cillian Murphy is the recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement  Award, Actor, for his performance as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher  Nolan’s Oppenheimer. The Film Awards will take place on January 4, 2024, at the Palm  Springs Convention Center, with the festival running through January 15, 2024. The event  will be sponsored by Entertainment Tonight and IHG Hotels & Resorts. 

“After working together on five previous films, including The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, and Dunkirk, Cillian Murphy and writer-director Christopher Nolan reunite for one of the most ambitious and epic films of the year. Murphy gives a stunning portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer as a conflicted scientist leading the Manhattan Project to produce the world’s first atomic bomb,” said Festival Chairman Nachhattar Singh Chandi. For this career-best performance, we are honored to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, to Cillian Murphy.” 

Murphy joins this year’s previously announced honorees Emma Stone (Desert Palm  Achievement Award, Actress) and Killers of the Flower Moon (Vanguard Award). Past  actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Riz Ahmed (Sound of  Metal), Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day 

Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Colin Farrell (The Banshees  of Inisherin), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick... Boom!),  Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) Gary Oldman (Mank), Sean Penn (Milk),  Brad Pitt (Moneyball) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything). In the years they  were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, Oldman, Penn and Redmayne went  on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor, while Ahmed, Cooper, Driver, Garfield,  Farrell, Firth and Pitt received Best Actor Oscar® nominations.  

A staggering global cinematic phenomenon which has earned almost $1 billion worldwide,  writer-director Christopher Nolan’s record-shattering epic thriller, Oppenheimer, propels  audiences into the paradox of the enigmatic man who must risk destroying the world in  order to save it. With America locked in a devastating war, physicist J. Robert  Oppenheimer becomes the central figure in a pulse-pounding race against the Nazis to  develop the first atomic bomb. The film stars Cillian Murphy as J. Robert Oppenheimer  and Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt as his wife, biologist and botanist Kitty 

Oppenheimer. Oscar® winner Matt Damon portrays Leslie Groves, director of the  Manhattan Project, and Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr. plays Lewis Strauss, a  founding commissioner of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. 

One of the most acclaimed, versatile actors of his generation, Cillian Murphy has starred  in major studio hits, award-winning independent films, a celebrated television series and  on the stages of London, New York and around the globe. Oppenheimer marks Murphy’s  sixth collaboration with and first leading role for Christopher Nolan.  

In 2005, the Murphy made an indelible impression as Dr. Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow  in Batman Begins, for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination.  He reprised the role in the Oscar®-winning blockbuster The Dark Knight and The Dark  Knight Rises and later collaborated with Nolan as the billionaire heir apparent/mark in the  critically acclaimed sensation Inception, which earned four Academy Awards® and eight  nominations, including Best Picture. More recently, Murphy played a solider opposite  Mark Rylance and Barry Keoghan in Nolan’s groundbreaking World War II epic Dunkirk,  which earned three Oscars® and a Best Picture nomination. For six seasons on television,  Murphy starred as Thomas Shelby, the most ruthless brother in a family of Birmingham  gangsters, in the BAFTA Award-winning series Peaky Blinders

Murphy’s expansive global filmography includes 28 Days Later, Breakfast on Pluto, A  Quiet Place Part II, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, The Party, Free Fire, Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea, Transcendence, Aloft, In Time, Perrier’s Bounty, Sunshine, Red  Eye, Cold Mountain, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Intermission.  

About the Palm Springs International Film Society 

The Palm Springs International Film Society is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit  organization whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art and science of film through  education and cross-cultural awareness. The Film Society produces the Palm Springs  International Film Festival (PSIFF) and Film Awards every January and Palm  Springs ShortFest in June. In addition to curating the best in international cinema,  PSIFF’s Film Awards has come to be known as the first stop on the campaign trail for the  Academy Awards®, and our Oscar®-qualifying ShortFest is the largest short film festival  and market in North America. Our festivals, year-round member screenings and  educational programs manifest our organization’s mission by nurturing and encouraging  new filmmaking talent, honoring the great masters of world cinema, and expanding  audience horizons. 

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