Precious Gem Award

The Precious Gem Award has been Miami Film Festival’s signature award since it was introduced in 2015. It is reserved for honoring the truly special stars of the art form, those one-of-a-kind artists whose contributions to cinema are lasting and unforgettable. Miami values are shining brilliance and immeasurable rarity, thus the ‘Precious Gem’ is the perfect symbol for our highest appreciation, our greatest gratitude, to those artists who have both entertained us and brought us greater understanding of our human condition.

2020 Recipients

The 2020 Festival honorees are Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Ryan and Spain’s Goya-winning actress Emma Suárez.

Amy Ryan received the Festival’s Precious Gem Award. Ryan was nominated for the Oscar in 2008 for her supporting role in Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone and has been nominated for two Tony Awards. Ryan is also known for her film roles working with Oscar winning filmmakers Alejandro Iñárritu, Steven Spielberg, Tom McCarthy, among many others and for her popular role on television series The Office.

Spain’s Goya-winning actress Emma Suárez received a Career Achievement Tribute, sponsored by Estrella Damm, and the Festival’s Precious Gem Award. Suárez has won three Goya Awards (Spain’s Academy Awards), for Best Actress in The Dog in the Manger (El perro del hortelano) (96) and Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta (16), and Best Supporting Actress for The Next Skin (La propera pell) (16). 

2019 RECIPIENT
Actress Patricia Clarkson

2018 RECIPIENTS
Actress Isabelle Huppert
Filmmaker Carlos Saura
Producers Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri (The Florida Project)

2017 RECIPIENTS
Actress Rossy de Palma (Tribute/Evening With only)

Actress Bárbara Lennie (Spain)
Cinematographer Diego García (Art of Light Award)

Film Society Platinum Member Silvia Rios Fortun, for 34 consecutive years of supporting Miami Film Festival.

2016 RECIPIENT
Filmmaker Marcos Carnevale (Argentina)

2015 RECIPIENT
Don Francisco on the occasion of the release of The 33, for his humanitarian efforts to help the trapped Chilean miners dramatized in the film. Awarded in the presence and with the support of stars Kate del Castillo and Rodrigo Santoro.