Meryl Streep has joined the lineup of heavy hitters who will receive honorary awards at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival, PSIFF organizers announced on Wednesday.
Streep will receive the Icon Award, an honor that was created and given for the first time to Michael Douglas three years ago.
The award will be presented at the PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 4, in the desert resort 100 miles east of Los Angeles. It comes as Streep has received Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations for her performance as the pill-popping, bile-spewing center of John Wells’ film version of the Tracy Letts play “August: Osage County.”
“Meryl Streep‘s portrayal of Violet Weston, the matriarch of a dysfunctional family reunited by a tragic incident, will be remembered in her long list of iconic character roles,” said PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner in a release announcing the award.
The three-time Oscar winner (and 17-time nominee) will join her “August: Osage County” costar Julia Roberts as an honoree in Palm Springs, where the industry annually takes awards contenders for a no-pressure publicity opportunity and campaign stop.
Other honorees include Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o and the cast of “American Hustle.”
More information is available at www.psfilmfest.org.