"Argo" Cast to Be Honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival 


The cast of Ben Affleck's "Argo" will be honored at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 3 - 14) with the Ensemble Performance Award! And rightfully so! "Argo" is one of the best films of 2012 and features a splendid cast headed by Affleck and Bryan Cranston. Also featured in the ensemble for the Iran hostage drama are John Goodman, Clea DuVall, Scott McNairy, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber, Rory Cochrane, Christohper Denham, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina.

The cast of "Argo" will join fellow honorees Helen Hunt ("The Sessions"), Naomi Watts ("The Impossible"), and Robert Zemeckis ("Flight").

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Here's the full press release:

Palm Springs, CA (December 5, 2012) – The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present the film Argo with its Ensemble Performance Award. Cast members from the film, including Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston will attend to accept the award. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis. The Festival runs January 3-14.

“Argo features a plethora of colorful characters brought to life by an outstanding acting ensemble,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Directing what is, unquestionably, his most accomplished film to date, Ben Affleck leads an extraordinary cast, also including Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, each of whom delivers powerhouse performances. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the entire cast of Argo with the 2013 Ensemble Performance Award.”

Warner Bros. Pictures’ dramatic thriller Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis. The drama focuses on the little-known role that the CIA and Hollywood played—information that was not declassified until many years after the event. Ben Affleck directs and stars in the film, which also stars Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan, Clea DuVall, Scoot McNairy, Rory Cochrane, Christopher Denham, Kerry Bishé, Kyle Chandler and Chris Messina. Argo is produced by Grant Heslov, Affleck, and George Clooney. The screenplay is by Chris Terrio, based on a selection from The Master of Disguise by Antonio J. Mendez and the Wired Magazine article “The Great Escape,” by Joshuah Bearman.

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