Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon will receive the Vanguard Award at this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The Vanguard Award is a group honor “distinguishing a film’s cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project,” according to the festival. Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone will be presented with the award.
The film awards will take place Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center while the festival runs through Jan. 15.
Past recipients of the award include Oscar best picture winners Green Book and The Shape of Water, as well as best picture nominees Belfast, La La Land, Little Miss Sunshine, The Fablemans and The Trials of the Chicago 7.
“Killers of the Flower Moon is a powerful and important film not only for its cinematic poetry, but also as a complicated story about the suspicious murders of members of the Osage Nation, one which fully illustrates the evils of racism and corruption. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film features a powerhouse ensemble performance by Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Jesse Plemons and Tantoo Cardinal making it the must-see film of the year,” festival chairman Nachhattar Singh Chandi said. “It is our honor to present the Vanguard Award to Killers of the Flower Moon.”