Film Festival Honors Gary Oldman With International Star Award

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Palm Springs International Film Festival organizers announced Gary Oldman on Friday as the latest celebrity to be honored at the festival's awards gala next month.

Oldman will receive the International Star Award at the event on Jan. 7, 2012.

"Gary Oldman is a performer whose ability to portray the most extreme of characters is a testament to the enormity of his talent," said festival chairman Harold Matzner.

The International Star Award recognizes an actor or actress who has achieved both critical and commercial international recognition throughout their body of work, he said.

Oldman currently stars in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," which is based on the novel by John le Carré.

The film also stars Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, CiarĂ¡n Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, and Mark Strong.

Oldman has appeared in 11 movies over the last 18 years that have opened in the number-one position at the box office.

As part of the two most successful franchises in movie history, the U.K. native has appeared in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2;" and in "Batman Begins, The Dark Knight," and the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises," which opens in 2012.

His other features include "Sid and Nancy," "Prick Up Your Ears," "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead," "State of Grace," "JFK," "Bram Stoker's Dracula," "Romeo is Bleeding," "True Romance," "Immortal Beloved," "The Professional (a.k.a. Leon)," "The Fifth Element," "Air Force One," "Murder in the First," "Jesus, The Contender," "Hannibal," "The Book of Eli," and the upcoming "The Wettest County."

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