McConaughey Gets Desert Palm Achievement Award

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Matthew McConaughey is set to receive high honors at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in January.

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The Dallas Buyers Club star will be presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, which has previously been given to stars such as Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn and Brad Pitt.

"Matthew McConaughey is the rare actor who effortlessly moves between cinematic genres. From drama to thrillers to romantic comedies, he captivates audiences with the depth and range of his performances," says Harold Matzner, Chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. "In the acclaimed new movie Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey plays real-life cowboy Ron Woodroof, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and given a month to live -- but fought for dignity, acceptance, and living life to the fullest. We are privileged to present Matthew McConaughey with an award that honors his extraordinary and versatile talent, the 2014 Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting."

The Palm Springs International Film Festival, presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center from January 3-14 with the awards gala taking place Saturday, January 4.