In a news release announcing the award, festival chairman Harold Matzner called "Young Adult" "a truly unique and utterly enjoyable film" and added, "The filmmakers and cast represent the some of the best and most exciting filmmaking work of the year and have delivered a biting black comedy as deeply poignant as it is funny."
Of the four honorees, only Oswalt is not a past PSIFF recipient. Reitman and Cody received the Vanguard Award in 2008 for their previous collaboration, "Juno," while Theron received the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award for "North Country" in 2006. Reitman also won the festival's Best Director award for "Up in the Air" two years ago.
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