NAOMI WATTS TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ACTING AT THE 24th ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA
The 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Naomi Watts with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award at its Awards Gala. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-14, 2013.
“We’re delighted to pay tribute to Naomi Watts, one of the most gifted and versatile performers to grace the screen,” said Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman Harold Matzner. “The Impossible, the true story of the tsunami that stunned the world with its fury, is the vehicle for Ms. Watts to display the talent and sensitivity that cinema lovers have come to expect and appreciate from her. It is our honor to present the 2013 Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award to Naomi Watts, for a performance worthy of an Oscar nomination.”
Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Michelle Williams, and Kate Winslet. Ms. Watts was previously honored at the Festival for her Academy Award-nominated performance in 21 Grams.
Very excitingly, Naomi has been chosen as one of the several actresses in this years Hollywood Reporter Actress Roundtable! The magazine gets together chosen actresses involved in the years Oscar race, and talks to them about all things actress-y. This year they talk to Naomi, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard, Sally Field, Rachel Weisz and Helen Hunt.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Actress Roundtable was held October 22nd at Siren Studios in Hollywood.
The full roundtable discussion has been posted online for us to watch, which you can do below. Naomi sounds more English than ever! A text version is featured in the November 30th edition of the magazine with the actresses all looking beautiful on the cover in a new group photoshoot. That is posted below for you too. I’ve added the cover, photoshoot pictures, behind the scenes images and pictures from the discussion to our Gallery. Needless to say, I will be on the lookout for scans, and if you can help us out with this, please get in touch
This is a great honour for Naomi, and it’s fabulous to see her included in something like this!
I have a fabulous update for you Naomi fans! Naomi appears on the cover of this week’s French Grazia magazine, with a fun new photoshoot taken by her brother Ben! Unfortunately my French is a little rusty so I can’t tell you what the text/interview is saying, but the pics are great. I always love seeing Naomi on the cover of international magazines … especially when they have new pictures.
Check out the scans exclusively in our Gallery:
Naomi jetted back to Australia this week to promote Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign again. She appeared on numerous Aussie talk shows, and within this post you will find videos of them.
Our press page has also been updated with a couple of new interviews from this week. The gallery will be updated with screencaptures plus a few photos from these interviews soon too.
Oscar nominee Naomi Watts is back in Australia promoting National Donate Your Hair Week.
GoldDerby.com editor Tom O’Neill has recently spoken to Naomi about The Impossible, and here is their interview for you to watch:
Naomi Watts: I’m definitely wearing a wig in Diana film
WHAT do wigs and Naomi Watts have in common?
Quite a lot, actually.
In Australia for Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths campaign, which encourages women to donate their hair to be made into wigs for cancer sufferers, the actress also spilled the beans on her Princess of Wales hairdo in the highly anticipated film Diana.
“I’m definitely wearing a wig” she told news.com.au yesterday
“I actually had four different wigs, and even though the film only covers the last two years of her life she did change her colour quite a bit and even the length and style.
“Real hair wigs are very expensive, it takes a lot to get all the under work right and then you have to set the hair in such a way so that your head is as small as possible.”
Real hair wigs actually cost thousands of dollars and are very difficult to come by, which is why Naomi agreed to sign on for the Beautiful Lengths campaign.
“It just instantly sounded like such a good thing to be part of” she said.
‘I hope they’re ok with it': Naomi Watts on the Prince William and Harry’s reaction to her film about the late Princess Diana
Naomi Watts did her own sleuthing before agreeing to portray Diana in a film about the late Princess of Wales and her bid for happiness with a heart surgeon.
‘I did struggle with the idea of doing it,’ the Oscar-nominated actress confessed. The thought of signing on to star in a movie about a woman who, even 15 years after her tragic death, still polarises and provokes public opinion, made her hesitate.
‘It’s definitely risky. But having said that, it’s a story that had to be told. It’s a piece of history. We do like to look back on big stories, though it’s a little fresher, perhaps, than a film about Henry VIII,’ she said.
Diana, as the picture is called, concerns itself with the two-year, secretive relationship the princess had with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan, a man she desperately wanted to marry. It was an affair often conducted with Diana’s butler Paul Burrell (played by Douglas Hodge) acting as go-between.
Here’s another featurette for The Impossible, this one focussing on how it’s a true story:
A new red-band featurette for Movie 43 has just been released, and you can watch it below. As far as I could see there was only one quick shot of Naomi.
Naomi Watts: I’m not so serious
Naomi Watts has joked she’s only picked to play people who are “losing their minds”.
The British-Australian actress is renowned for portraying serious characters. She appears in upcoming drama The Impossible, which tells the story of a family caught in the Tsunami, and also plays Britain’s late Princess Diana in a biopic about the royal’s life.
Sometimes she wonders if it would be fun to branch out into other genres.
“They don’t call me for light-hearted roles, what’s up with that?!” she joked to Australian radio show hosts Kyle and Jackie O.
“They think I’m just a heavy kind of miserable [person]! They think I have to [play] the one that’s losing her mind!”
Naomi shot to fame in 2001 with psychological thriller Mulholland Drive, which also starred Justin Theroux.
Naomi suspects the film is the reason she isn’t considered for funny flicks and, despite the heavy subject matter, concedes she is happy to be chosen for movies with substance.
“I guess from being in Mulholland Drive, it was just a knock on effect from that,” she pondered.
“But those are the kind of films I enjoy; Mulholland Drive is a film that people still speak about ten years later. It’s nice to be in films that stand up like that.”