The actress award will be presented at the festival’s Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, on Monday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
“Natalie Portman truly brings to life one of this country’s most treasured public figures in the acclaimed new film Jackie,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Portman delivers a transformative and deeply human portrayal of the former First Lady following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, one of the most challenging moments in our nation’s history. It is our honor to once again present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Natalie Portman.”
The Festival runs January 2-16.
Portman received the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress in 2011 for her Oscar-winning performance in Black Swan. Additional past recipients of the award include Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron and Naomi Watts.
Jackie, from Fox Searchlight and directed by Pablo Larraín, opens Friday, December 2. Previously announced honorees attending the 2017 Film Awards Gala are Casey Affleck, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Negga and the cast of La La Land.
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