Renee Zellweger to Receive PSIFF Desert Palm Achievement Award

The Film Awards Gala will take place on January at the Palm Springs Convention Center

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Renée Zellweger will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in January, PSIFF announced on Friday.

The Film Awards Gala will take place on January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Past winners of the award include Olivia Colman, Cate Blanchett, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Saoirse Ronan and Charlize Theron.

“Renée Zellweger inhabits the essence of the iconic Judy Garland in ‘Judy.’  This is a layered performance that captures Judy’s trademark spirit, along with the heartbreak and insecurities she experiences in London while performing at a series of sold out shows,” Festival Chairman Harold Matzner said. “For this outstanding performance, a career best for Zellweger – and one in which she remarkably does her own singing — it is our honor to present the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress to Renée Zellweger.”

“Judy,” from Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment, follows legend Judy Garland in the winter of 1968 when she arrives in London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. After working for 45 years, she is exhausted. Finn Wittrock also stars.

Zellweger is best known for her role in “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and its sequel, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.” The first film earned her her first Oscar nomination, and she received her second nomination for her role as Roxie in ‘Chicago.” She later earned the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Cold Mountain.” Her other credits include “Jerry Maguire,” “Down with Love,” “Dazed and Confused” and most recently, her TV debut in Netflix’s “What/If.”