The festivalâs awards gala, hosted by Mary Hart, will be held Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
âMary J. Blige is a global superstar in the world of music who continues to make her mark as an actress in both television and film,â said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. âIn her current film âMudbound,â Blige gives a quiet yet fantastic performance as Florence Jackson, a strong woman supporting her sharecropper family in rural Mississippi.â
Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Mahershala Ali, Jennifer Hudson, Lupita Nyongâo, David Oyelowo, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Huffman, Brie Larson, Rosamund Pike and Jeremy Renner. Ali, Cotillard, Hudson, Larson and Nyongâo went on to receive Academy Awards while Huffman, Pike and Renner received nominations.
Bligeâ a nine-time Grammy Award winner, has appeared in Tyler Perryâs dramatic comedy âI Can Do Bad All By Myselfâ and starred in âRock of Ages.â Her other credits include the TV movie âBetty & Coretta,â the holiday musical drama âBlack Nativityâ and guest spots on âBlack-ish,â âEmpire,â âThe Wiz Live!â and âHow To Get Away With Murder.â
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