Variety Honors Glenn Close with Creative Impact in Acting Award at 10 Directors to Watch Virtual Event

Palm Springs, CA (February 11, 2021) – Variety has announced it will be giving its Creative Impact in Acting Award to Glenn Close as part of their virtual 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards event with the Palm Springs International Film Society on February 26 at 10:00 AM PT. As previously announced, Steve McQueen will be receiving the Creative Impact in Directing Award at the event. 

Glenn recently co-starred in the Netflix drama Hillbilly Elegy and has received nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Critics Choice Award for her portrayal of MaMaw in the film.  

"The breadth and depth of Glenn’s work in film, television, and the stage makes Close one of the great performers of her time," said Variety Executive Vice President of Global Content, Steven Gaydos. "She continues to work on creating iconic characters that include performances in Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons, The Wife, Hillbilly Elegy, The World According to GarpThe Big ChillThe Natural, Albert Nobbs and for the stage, Sunset Boulevard.”

Glenn will be participating in a Q&A as part of the event and an awards presentation.

To register for the event please click here. 

Variety’s 10 Directors To Watch: 

Prano Bailey-Bond (Censor)

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (Wild Indian)

Nia DaCosta (Candyman)

Sian Heder (Coda)

Regina King (One Night in Miami)

Philippe Lacôte (Night of the Kings)

Roseanne Liang (Shadow in the Cloud)

Pascual Sisto (John and the Hole)

Ricky Staub (Concrete Cowboy)

Robin Wright (Land)

The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Film Awards Gala will not take place as an in-person event this year, 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. The Film Awards has announced Riz Ahmed (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor), Viola Davis (Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress), Andra Day (Breakthrough Performance Award), Anthony Hopkins (Career Achievement Award), Daniel Kaluuya (International Star Award, Actor), Carey Mulligan (International Star Award, Actress), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Spotlight Award, Actor), Gary Oldman (Chairman’s Award), Yuh-Jun Youn (Spotlight Award, Actress), Chloé Zhao (Director of the Year Award) and The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Vanguard Award).

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About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 136,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Film Awards Gala, a glamorous, black-tie event attended by 2,500, which is presented by American Express and sponsored by AT&T and Entertainment Tonight. The Film Awards Gala honors the year’s best achievements in cinema in front of and behind the camera. The celebrated list of talents who have been honored in recent years includes Cate Blanchett, Mary J. Blige, Sandra Bullock, Mariah Carey, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Cynthia Erivo, Jamie Foxx, Gal Gadot, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicole Kidman, Regina King, Jennifer Lawrence, Rami Malek, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon and more. Awards are provided by Chihuly and John Kennedy Studios. Both events are produced by the Palm Springs International Film Society, whose mission is to nurture and encourage new filmmaking talent, honoring the great masters of world cinema, and expanding audience horizons.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival and Film Awards Gala will return in 2022.  Palm Springs ShortFest is still scheduled for June 22-28, 2021. The Film Society has continued to host year-round member screenings and events virtually until theatres are able to open. For additional information visit or call 760-778-8979 or 800-898-7256.

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