Posted on Wed, 14 October 2009 01:26:57 by annakendrick

Anna was in Beverly Hills last night at a press conference where she was announced the recipient of the Rising Star Award from the 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. In this ET special, we can see Anna is absolutely gleaming with the news! And much deserved!

The official awards gala will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2010 in Palm Springs, California hosted by ET anchor Mary Hart. Additionally, a press release from the Palm Springs International Film Society states why they selected Anna for the award:

Commenting on the selection, Matzner said, “Anna Kendrick is an extremely gifted young actress. At age 12, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Dinah in High Society. Now in her mid-20s, she has gone from strength to strength with each succeeding screen roll. Given her striking, multifaceted performance in Up in the Air, we are delighted to present her with the Festival’s Rising Star Award.” Past recipients of the Rising Star Award include Adam Beach, Jessica Biel, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Bryce Dallas Howard, Terrence Howard and Scarlett Johansson. {Anna Kendrick to Receive Rising Star Award}

It’s amazing what a whirlwind of awards and media Anna has been blown into — even months before Up in the Air has been released! Oscars anyone?!!

Besides the new award, Anna is gearing up for a charity event in support of gay marriage. E! reports that celebrities including Anna are helping to raise money for gay rights group FAIR by taking part in an online auction of celebrity-signed prints of artist Shepard Fairey’s “Defend Equality Love Unites,” a poster in support of gay marriage. We hole-heartedly agree with Anna’s signature:

Kim Kardashian colored in the thumbnail of the fist featured in the work, while Twilight star Anna Kendrick signed, “Love is a right. Not a privilege.” {Stars come out in support of Gay Marriage!}

The Fall Fair Out event will take place November 12, 2009 at Andez West Hollywood — there are still tickets available! {The Love Unites Shepard Fairt Equality Project}

Thanks so much to Lauren for the tips, photos coming soon!