Palm Springs, CA - The 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Renée Zellweger with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for her performance in Judy at its annual Film Awards Gala.
The festival will be held on Thursday, January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. It will once again be presented by American Express, sponsored by AT&T, Entertainment Tonight, and hosted by Mary Hart.
Past winners of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress include last year's Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia Colman, Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Julliane Moore, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan, and Charlize Theron.
Zellweger is best known for her starring role in the film Bridget Jones's Diary and its sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
“Renée Zellweger inhabits the essence of the iconic Judy Garland in Judy. This is a layered performance that captures Judy’s trademark spirit, along with the heartbreak and insecurities she experiences in London while performing at a series of sold out shows,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. He continued to say, “For this outstanding performance, a career best for Zellweger – and one in which she remarkably does her own singing -- it is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Renée Zellweger.”