Greta Gerwig Set for Palm Springs Film Festival’s Director Award

Greta Gerwig at the TIME 100 Most Influential People 2018 - Red Carpet
Greta Gerwig at the TIME 100 Most Influential People 2018 - Red Carpet. Photo by Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix/REX/Shutterstock (9641613ka)

This guest list of this year’s Palm Springs Film Festival will be an embarrassment of the riches, and Greta Gerwig just joined the pack. She’ll receive the honorary award for director of the year for her work on the acclaimed comedy Barbie.

Festival chairman Nachhattar Singh Chandi announced Gerwig as the recipient of this year’s director award and described her as a masterful filmmaker. He also praised her for creating a perfect blend of comedy, emotion, and adventure with Barbie and transforming it into the cinematic experience of the year.

“Her vision is brought to life so vividly by both the script she co-wrote with Noah Baumbach, and by her clear and singular collaboration with her extraordinary crafts teams, whose visuals are matched only by the outstanding performances delivered by Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, and the entire cast,” said Chandi in a statement.

Gerwig is only the latest in the long line of honorary award recipients at the upcoming Palm Springs Festival, taking place from January 4-15, 2024. She’s joining Vanguard Award honoree Killers of the Flower Moon, Emma Stone (Poor Things) and Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer), who are receiving acting awards, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who’ll be honored with a breakthrough performance award for The Holdovers.