Joaquin Phoenix will receive the Chairman’s Award at the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival for his performance in “Joker.” 

Festival Chairman Harold Matzner called the actor’s portrayal of the film’s title role “another in his arsenal of unforgettable characters.” Phoenix will receive the award at the film festival’s annual Film Awards Gala, taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 2, 2020.

“Joaquin Phoenix mesmerizes audiences in ‘Joker’ with a performance that elicits empathy and reminds society on the whole that we can be better,” Matzner said in a prepared statement.

The Film Awards Gala kicks off the 12-day festival of events and film screenings happening Jan. 2-13, 2020 in the Coachella Valley.