The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award.
The Awards Gala will kick off the film festival Tuesday, Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Hosted by “Entertainment Tonight’s” Mary Hart, the gala will honor previously announced honorees Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett, Mariah Carey, Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, Helen Mirren, Jason Reitman and Jeremy Renner. The festival runs through Jan. 18.
“Following a distinguished career in French cinema, Marion Cotillard has firmly established herself as a major actress in American films,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
“Her performance in Rob Marshall’s ‘Nine’ is nothing short of breathtaking"
Cotillard will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award. For her Oscar winning role as Edith Piaf, the festival presented her with the Breakthrough Performance Award in 2008.
Cotillard co-stars in Rob Marshall’s “Nine,” currently in theaters. Originally created for the stage, the Tony® award winning Nine is a musical adaptation of Federico Fellini’s ‘8½.’ Cotillard portrays the wife, Luisa,' to Daniel Day-Lewis' Guido,' a film director, who must find harmony in his relationships with the many women in his life, including his wife, mistress, muse, agent and mother.
Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award include Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.