Cillian Murphy Set for Palm Springs Film Festival’s Actor Award

Cillian Murphy at the
Cillian Murphy at the "Free Fire" premiere and closing night gala in 2016. Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (6324103ak)

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is slowly unveiling the list of award recipients, and Cillian Murphy is the latest star to join the pack. He’ll be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for the best actor for his amazing performance in Oppenheimer.

Festival chairman Nachhattar Singh Chandi described Oppenheimer as one of the most ambitious and epic films of the year and praised Murphy’s performance in this career-defining project.

“Murphy gives a stunning portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer as a conflicted scientist leading the Manhattan Project to produce the world’s first atomic bomb. For this career-best performance, we are honored to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, to Cillian Murphy,” said Chandi in a statement.

Murphy has been receiving a lot of buzz since Oppenheimer came out this summer, along with his co-stars Emily Blunt and Robert Downey Jr. and director Christopher Nolan. In addition to being met with rave reviews, Oppenheimer earned over $950 million worldwide, setting several major box office milestones along the way.

The Palm Springs Film Festival is taking place from January 4-15, and Murphy will be in pretty good company when he picks up his trophy. Poor Things’ Emma Stone has been announced as the recipient of the best actress award, while Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon will be honored with the Vanguard Award.