Ruth Negga to receive "Rising Star Award" at 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival (January 2-16)

RUTH NEGGA (photo by Justin Coit)

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Ruth Negga the Rising Star Award at its Film Festival Awards Gala on January 2, 2017. Negga is being honored for her performance in the film "Loving" touted as one of "this year's most luminous and striking portrayals," said Chairman Harold Matzner.

“This timeless love story about an interracial couple reminds us of the unstoppable power of love in the face of hate and prejudice - a story that could not be more resonant and powerful today. This will certainly be just one of many breathtaking performances in a long career. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present Ruth Negga with this year’s Rising Star Award.”

Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning and Terrence Howard.

"Loving" is written and directed by Jeff Nichols, and stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving. Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of the interracial couple who fell in love and were married in 1958. The couple had grown up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia that was more integrated than surrounding areas in the American South. Yet it was the state of Virginia, where they were making their home and starting a family, that first jailed and then banished them. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry. Richard and Mildred returned home and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

Negga's body of work spans award-winning theater productions, big-screen dramas, independent films, and innovative television series. Her film work includes World War Z, The Samaritan, Breakfast on Pluto, Una Vida (a.k.a. Of Mind and Music), Noble,; Jimi: All is by my side, Warcraft; and Lona.

Negga won the Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) Award for Best Actress for her portrayel of legendary singer Shirley Bassey in the telefilm, Shirley. Her other TV work includes Misfits, Love/Hate, the miniseries Coup (a.k.a. Secret State) Five Daughters, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

She currently stars on AMC's series Preacher.

The Film Awards Gala will be held Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs January 2-16.