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Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

Star of ”20th Century Women“ will get the honor at a Jan. 2 gala

Annette Bening, the Golden Globe-nominated star of A24’s “20th Century Women,” will be honored with the Career Achievement Award at the 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Bening will receive the award at the Film Awards Gala held at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 2, the festival’s opening night. The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs through Jan. 16.

“Throughout her career, Annette Bening has brought to the screen many memorable performances including the four films for which she was nominated for an Academy Award: ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Grifters,’ ‘The Kids Are All Right,’ and ‘Being Julia,'” Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “Bening creates yet another memorable award-winning role portraying Dorothea, a free-spirited single mother raising her teenage son in Mike Mills’ upcoming film ’20th Century Women.’ It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Annette Bening.”
In the film, Bening plays fifty-something single mother Dorothea Fields, who is raising her teenage son in the beach community of Santa Barbara in the summer of 1979 — a time underscored by significant cultural change. Two younger women end up helping Dorothea as she brings up her son.

Early Monday, Bening was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in the Mike Mills film. Aside from the Globes, she also received Best Actress nominations for “20th Century Women” from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Gotham Awards and Independent Film Spirit Awards. Bening is a two-time Golden Globe winner and four-time Academy Award nominee.

Previous recipients of the Career Achievement Award include Glenn Close, Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson and Lynn Redgrave.