Bradley Cooper will receive the Director of the Year Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early January. The 43-year-old actor and director receive the award for the film A Star is Born.

That made the organization known Wednesday. “With A Star is Born, Cooper makes a stunning debut as a director”, says the chairman of the film festival, Harold Matzner. “The film has convincing acting, clearly appealed to the public and will undoubtedly be celebrated as one of the best films of the year.”

Earlier, well-known directors such as Steve McQueen and Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the prize, Cooper himself received twice an award for his acting on Palm Springs.

Golden voice

A Star is Born is a remake of the eponymous film classic from the 1930s. Cooper plays a rock star who struggles with his past and falls in love with Ally, a waitress with a golden voice, played by Lady Gaga. Not only the film, but also the accompanying title song from A Star is Born, sung by Cooper and Lady Gaga, became a hit.

Earlier this month it was announced that Rami Malek, who plays the role of Freddie Mercury in Queen-film Bohemian Rhapsody, receives the Breakthrough Performance Award at the festival.

Trailer of A star is Born