Steve Carell will receive the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award while “Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall will be honored with the Creative Impact in Directing award at the Palm Springs Film Festival’s 10 Directors to Watch event on January 4. A new award this year, the Creative Impact in Comedy Award, will go to director and actor Chris Rock, for “Top Five.”
The honor celebrates the scope of Carell’s work ranging from comedy performances to his dramatic role in this year’s “Foxcatcher,” for which he received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations.
Marshall’s award honors his career as a theater and film director, especially his work adapting the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” on the bigscreen.
“Since his emergence as one of America’s most gifted comedic actors two decades ago, Steve Carell’s career has moved through breakout hit television and film roles from ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ to ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ to ‘The Office.’ Now, with his gripping portrayal of a man whose dreams and whims are overwhelmed by internal destructive forces beyond his control, Carell is firmly placed in the front ranks of America’s finest dramatic performers,” said Steve Gaydos, vice president and executive editor at Variety.
“Likewise, director Rob Marshall has managed to translate one of the most complicated and beloved musicals of our time to the bigscreen with the recent ‘Into the Woods’ and showcases and continuing creative vitality and artistic risk-taking in all of his work. Chris Rock has just taken his career and art to a new level with ‘Top Five.’ Straight from its first festival screening, which resulted in a massive bidding war, ‘Top Five’ established the comic as one of America’s most provocative and dynamic filmmakers,” said Gaydos.
This year’s 10 Directors to Watch are Sean Baker (“Tangerine”), Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (“Spring”), Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), Shlomi Elkabetz & Ronit Elkabetz (“Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem”), Jeremy Garelick (“The Wedding Ringer”), Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”), Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Ruben Ostlund (“Force Majeure”), Damian Szifron (“Wild Tales”) and Leigh Whannell (“Insidious: Chapter 3”).
“We’re delighted to once again be co-hosting Variety’s ’10 Directors to Watch’ event at the festival, celebrating a group of exceptionally gifted emerging talents who have each exhibited extraordinary storytelling skills,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald.
The event is presented by Mercedes-Benz at the Parker Palm Springs hotel.