Helen Hunt will receive the Spotlight Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Hunt, an Oscar-winner for "As Good As It Gets," is garnering strong reviews for her turn in "The Sessions" as a therapist helping a man in an iron lung lose his virginity. Many awards watchers are predicting that she has a good chance at earning her second Academy Award nomination for her work.
"Few can claim the artistic distinctions of Helen Hunt," Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. "A consummate actress, director, producer and screenwriter, Hunt's talents are myriad."
The awards gala will take place on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs from Jan. 3 to Jan. 14. Past recipients of the Spotlight Award include Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain. In addition to "The Sessions," Hunt won Emmys for her work on NBC's "Mad About You" and appeared in the hit films "What Women Want" and "Castaway."