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Michael Fassbender to Be Honored by Palm Springs Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will honor Michael Fassbender with its International Star Award at its awards gala on Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

The festival, now in its 27th year, has already announced that it will honor Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Brie Larson, Tom McCarthy and Saoirse Ronan.

“Throughout his career, Michael Fassbender has brought to life riveting performances on the screen in films such as ‘Hunger,’ ‘Shame,’ ’12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and ‘Prometheus,’” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, ‘Steve Jobs,’ Fassbender delivers another stunning performance of subtlety and power, presenting the Apple co-founder as both a witty and engaging person and a conflicted Machiavellian.”

Past International Star Award honorees include Javier Bardem and Helen Mirren.

Fassbender made his big-screen debut in Zack Snyder’s “300.” His other film credits include “X-Men: First Class,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Jane Eyre” and “Macbeth,” which just opened in the U.S., and the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “Assassin’s Creed.”

The German native was nominated for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor as Edwin Epps in “12 Years a Slave.”

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