He will be presented the award at the festival’s awards gala, hosted by Mary Hart, on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs from Jan. 2 to Jan. 16.
“Casey Affleck delivers his finest performance in ‘Manchester By the Sea,’ playing a Boston janitor living a lonely and isolated existence,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “He has earned rave reviews from critics and is sure to garner awards attention.”
Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Johnny Depp, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Eddie Redmayne. Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, Penn and Redmayne went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar nominations.
Affleck portrays a janitor who is haunted by his past when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew in “Manchester by the Sea,” directed by Kenneth Lonergan. The film also stars Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol and C.J. Wilson.
Affleck was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the character drama “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” His credits include “Gone Baby Gone,” “Interstellar,” Steven Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy and “The Finest Hours.”