Film industry bible Variety will honor “Loving” director Jeff Nichols with one of their Creative Impact awards. Other honorees include “Captain Fantastic” star Viggo Mortensen and “Hidden Figures” producer Pharrell Williams.
The three will be fêted at a private bunch at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Jan. 3.
“In less than a decade, Jeff Nichols has journeyed from the early career promise of ‘Shotgun Tales,’ to the internationally acclaimed achievements of ‘Take Shelter,’ ‘Mud,’ and ‘Midnight Special’ to this year’s powerful and moving historical drama ‘Loving,’” said Steven Gaydos, Vice President and Executive Editor of Variety.
Previous recipients have included Will Smith, Charlie Kaufmann, Steve Carell, Robert Marshall, Jonah Hill, David O. Russell, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlize Theron and Mark Wahlberg.
Also at the festival Variety will also be honoring its “10 Directors to Watch” at the festival. This year’s list include:
Maren Ade for “Toni Erdmann”
Ritesh Batra for “The Sense of an Ending”
Otto Bell for ” The Eagle Huntress”
Julia Ducornau for “Raw”
Geremy Jasper for “Patti Cake$”
Barry Jenkins for “Moonlight”
Emmett & Brendan Malloy for “The Tribes of Palos Verdes”
Kleber Mendonca Filho for “Aquarius”
William Oldroyd for “Lady Macbeth”
David Sandberg for “Lights Out”