Natalie Portman to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award for ‘Jackie’

The Oscar winner’s Jackie Kennedy portrayal lands her top prize at Palm Springs Film Festival

Last Updated: November 30, 2016 @ 6:09 AM

Natalie Portman is taking her First Lady to Palm Springs.

The Oscar winner will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award at this year’s Palm Springs Film Festival gala, for her performance in Pablo Larrain’s “Jackie.”

Her critically-acclaimed turn as Jackie Kennedy, the grief-stricken architect of the Kennedy administration’s Camelot myth, has placed her at the front of this year’s awards conversation.

“Natalie Portman truly brings to life one of this country’s most treasured public figures in the acclaimed new film ‘Jackie,'” Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement on Wednesday.

“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,” he added. 

Fox Searchlight acquired the movie out of the Toronto Film Festival. This will mark Portman’s second Palm Desert Achievement prize, the first was for the 2011 psychological thriller “Black Swan” — for which she would go on to win the Best Actress Oscar.

Previous recipients of the prize include Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron and Naomi Watts.

This year’s Palm Springs Film Awards Gala will take place on Jan. 2.

“Jackie” co-stars Peter Skarsgaard, Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup. The film received four Film Independent Spirt Awards nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress, and was nominated for an IFP Gotham Award.