Palm Springs hands out honors

Fest honors best in biz for 2010

“The Social Network” cast, Ensemble Performance Award
“Social Network’s” thesps have a number of projects lined up. Highlights include Andrew Garfield as the “Spider-Man” reboot’s new Peter Parker, Rooney Mara as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Jesse Eisenberg as a voice in toon “Rio” and Armie Hammer in talks to join Dustin Lance Black’s J. Edgar Hoover biopic.

Carey Mulligan, Breakthrough Performance Award
The “Never Let Me Go” thesp recently inked a deal to play Michael Fassbender’s sister in Steve McQueen’s sophomore outing “Shame.” Mulligan will also star opposite Ryan Gosling in 2011 actioner “Drive.”

Robert Duvall, Career Achievement Award
While “Get Low” was bowing to critical acclaim, Duvall was busy lensing on golfing dramedy “Seven Days in Utopia,” based on a novel by David L. Cook.

Ben Affleck, Chairman’s Award
Fresh off his sophomore feature as helmer, Affleck is eyeing a production deal with Warner Bros., potentially under a new shingle he’s forming with Matt Damon. Affleck’s also signed on to star in “Replay,” the long-gestating project based on Ken Grimwood’s sci-fi novel.

Natalie Portman, Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award
The “Black Swan” star has skedded a busy 2011, starring opposite Chris Hemsworth in Marvel’s “Thor” and appearing in two raunchy R-rated laffers “No Strings Attached” and “Your Highness.”

Colin Firth, Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award
After “The King’s Speech,” Firth continues his heavy streak with Cold War thriller “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” helmed by Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”), and drama “The Promised Land” about the early days of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

David O. Russell, Director of the Year Award
Sony recently tapped “The Fighter” helmer to adapt popular vidgame franchise “Uncharted” for Columbia Pictures. Russell is also in pre-production on “The Silver Linings Playbook” for Weinstein Co.

Diane Warren, Frederick Loewe Music Award
The Grammy-winning six-time Oscar-nommed songwriter has accrued plenty of buzz for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from “Burlesque” as an original song contender for some major kudos.

Javier Bardem, International Star Award
The “Biutiful” Bardem is slated to produce and narrate a doc about Algerian refugees called “Sons of the Clouds” under his shingle Pinguin Films. He is also working on an untitled romantic drama helmed by Terrence Malick.

Jennifer Lawrence, Rising Star Award
The “Winter’s Bone” thesp will next hit screens in Mel Gibson starrer “The Beaver.” She’ll also appear at Sundance in January with “Beaver” co-star Anton Yelchin in “Like Crazy,” contending in drama competish.

Danny Boyle, Sonny Bono Visionary Award
Between “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours,” the crix pic helmer is on a roll. Shifting gears, Boyle’s next project is the 2012 London Olympics, where he will serve as artistic director for the opening ceremony.

Michael Douglas, Icon Award
Douglas, who most recently reprised his iconic Gordon Gekko for “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” is tackling an entirely different icon: Liberace. He’ll star as the flamboyant pianist in Steven Soderbergh’s biopic.

Monte Hellman, Maverick Award
After two decades of relative silence–save for a short film in 2006–helmer Monte Hellman emerged to direct “Road to Nowhere” about a filmmaker who becomes involved in a crime while shooting on location. Hellman was feted with a Special Lion at 2010’s Venice Film Fest.

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