Julianne Moore to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award

by Raphael Chestang 11:54 AM PST, November 13, 2014

Julianne Moore is already gaining steam in this year's Oscar race despite the fact that her film Still Alice hasn't even come out yet.

The Golden Globe winner, 53, will be honored at the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala with the prestigious Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress.

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"Throughout her career, Julianne Moore has delivered a wide range of extraordinary performances, from such diverse Oscar-nominated films as Boogie Nights and Far from Heaven to this year's Cannes win for Best Actress in the riveting Maps to the Stars," said festival chairman Harold Matzner. "In her latest film Still Alice, she faces one of her most demanding and challenging roles as Alice, a woman diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Moore delivers another career-defining performance that is sure to captivate audiences and bring attention to this devastating disease. It is our honor to present the 2015 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Julianne Moore."

Moore joins past actress winners Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watt and Michelle Williams.

Last week, The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne was announced as the winner of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.

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Former ET host Mary Hart returns as host of the PSIFF -- one of the largest film festivals in North America. The festival has long been known as a barometer for which actors have the best chance to clean up during awards season.

The 26th Annual PSIFF Gala, presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight, will be held Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The festival runs from Jan. 2-12.