Variety Presents Brian Tyree Henry with the Creative Impact in Breakthrough Performance Award

LOS ANGELES, CA – (December 22, 2022) -- Variety will honor “Causeway” actor Brian Tyree Henry with the Creative Impact in Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The award will be presented on Friday, January 6th as part of the annual 10 Directors to Watch brunch at the Parker Palm Springs. 

Emmy and Tony nominee Brian Tyree Henry is best known for starring as Alfred ‘Paper Boi’ Miles in FX’s “Atlanta”, and in the past several years has broken through on the big screen in “Bullet Train”, “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “Widows”, “Godzilla vs. Kong” and Marvel’s “Eternals.” This award celebrates his role in Lila Neugebauer’s Apple Original Film “Causeway”, for which Henry has been included in Time Magazine’s list of 10 best movie performances of the year, and has also earned a Critics’ Choice Award nomination, Film Independent Spirit Award nomination and a Gotham Award nomination.

Henry has recently completed production on several film and television projects, including MGM’s feature film “Flint Strong,” the Netflix animated feature “The Magician’s Elephant” and the FX original limited series “Class Of ’09.”  Next up, Henry will headline the Apple TV+ series “Sinking Spring,” which will be directed by Ridley Scott, and he will also reprise his role in Sony’s animated feature “Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse.

Variety will also honor Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actor Angela Bassett with the Creative Impact in Acting Award, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mysterday filmmaker Rian Johnson with the Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award and Elvis director Baz Luhrmann with the Creative Impact in Directing Award. 

"Brian Tyree Henry's acclaimed performance in 'Causeway' has cemented him as one of the breakthrough stars this awards season," said Variety's co-editor-in-chief Ramin Setoodeh. "And he's had a huge year, from his role on the final season of TV's 'Atlanta' to the summer box office hit 'Bullet Train.' We are so excited to be honoring Brian alongside Angela Bassett, Baz Luhrmann and Rian Johnson at our brunch."

The Palm Springs International Film Festival ( will be held January 5-16, 2023. 

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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. 

About Parker Palm Springs 

Situated on 13 lush acres, the Parker Palm Springs is an estate where luxury is fun. Designed by Jonathan Adler, the property boasts 131 rooms, 12 villas, and the 2-bedroom Gene Autry Residence. There are 4 restaurants - Norma’s (of NY fame), Mister Parker’s, a dark and seductive French bistro, Counter-Reformation, a hidden wine bar, and the Lemonade Stand, perfect for an afternoon bite or cocktail. The Palm Springs Yacht Club spa at over 18,000 sq. feet is well-known and a place to indulge in a treatment, take a yoga class, or even lounge at the Deck. Additionally, the hotel has 4 red clay tennis courts, grounds consisting of games such as croquet and petanque as well as outdoor fire pits and fountains. The perfect desert escape! 4200 East Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264. (760) 770-5000,

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