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Leslie Odom Jr to Receive Spotlight Award From Palm Springs Film Festival

Leslie Odom Jr. will receive the Spotlight Award, Actor from the Palm Springs International Film Awards for his role in “One Night in Miami,” PSIFA organizers announced on Monday.

Odom plays iconic soul singer Sam Cooke in the film from director Regina King and also does his own singing on Cooke classics like “Chain Gang” and “A Change Is Gonna Come.” “I was terrified,” he told TheWrap of playing Cooke in the drama, which is based on an actual night in which Cooke, boxer Muhammad Ali (then called Cassius Clay), activist Malcolm X and football star Jim Brown met in a Miami hotel room after one of Ali’s fights.

Odom also co-wrote and performs a new song, “Speak Now,” in the film.

Past recipients of PSIFF’s Spotlight Award, Actor include Timothée Chalamet, Jamie Foxx, Sam Rockwell and J.K. Simmons.

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‘Coda’ Takes U.S. Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award

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The 2021 Sundance Film Festival awards went off at a very fast clip tonight, in an hour’s time. Host Patton Oswalt — or as he billed himself, “Discount Giamatti” — kept the jokes flowing.

Siân Heder’s Codawhich we first told you was swooped up by Apple with a rich $25 million bid, came up big. It won both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and a Special Jury Ensemble Cast award too. Heder also won Best Director in the U.S. Dramatic section. The movie follows a girl named Ruby. As the only hearing person in an otherwise deaf family, she is divided about staying with them as their fishing business is threatened. 

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s Summer of Soul took the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Documentary.

Blerta Basholli’s Hive, about a woman in Kosovo

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The Olana Partnership announces 2020 Frederic Church Award recipients | Local Announcements

HUDSON — The Olana Partnership announced that its 21st annual Frederic Church Award Gala will honor Eleanor Jones Harvey and David Redden. The Frederic Church Award honors individuals who, through their vision, commitment and grasp of creative trends, make extraordinary contributions to American art and culture. This year’s virtual Frederic Church Award Gala will honor these two extraordinary individuals on Dec. 9.

“The Olana Partnership is thrilled to present the 2020 Frederic Church Award to two extraordinary individuals, who have brought Frederic Church’s legacy in art and environmental thinking forward to new generations and deepened our understanding of Olana as a founding site of American cultural identity,” said Sean Sawyer, Washburn & Susan Oberwager President of The Olana Partnership.

Eleanor Jones Harvey is Senior Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a leading authority on American landscape painting, and champion of American Art at the national level. She is also

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