Palm Springs Film Fest to Honor Natalie Portman

Ashley Lee
The Hollywood Reporter

Natalie Portman is headed to Palm Springs.

The actress will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's International Star Award for her performance in Jackie, it was announced Wednesday. Mary Hart will host the annual awards gala, to be held Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center; other honorees include Lion's Nicole Kidman, Sully's Tom Hanks, Loving's Ruth Negga, Manchester by the Sea's Casey Affleck and the cast of La La Land.

Directed by Pablo Larrain, the Fox Searchlight historical drama takes place in the days after the assassination of president John F. Kennedy, focusing on Theodore H. White's Life magazine interview with the widow at Hyannis Port, Mass. The film also stars Billy Crudup, Greta Gerwig, Max Casella, Peter Sarsgaard and John Hurt.

Portman previously received the Desert Palm Achievement Award in 2011 for her performance in Black Swan. Other past recipients include Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron and Naomi Watts.

"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."

The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is set to run Jan. 2-16.

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