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Michelle Williams to Receive Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting
23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala


Palm Springs, CA (November 22, 2011) – The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Michelle Williams with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award.  Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees George Clooney and Glenn Close.  The Festival runs January 5-16.

Michelle Williams“Every generation, the cinema has a few performers who mesmerize audiences with an exceptional blend of talent, versatility and grace,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  “Michelle Williams epitomizes these qualities as she continues to accept challenging role after challenging role.  In her latest work, My Week with Marilyn, she perfectly captures the glamour and vulnerability of the iconic Marilyn Monroe who finds respite and solice during a week-long hiatus from Hollywood pressures.  To this actress, a cinematic star in her own right, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the 2012 Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award.”

Williams will next be seen starring in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn. In the summer of 1956, Colin Clark works as an assistant on the British set of The Prince and the Showgirl, which stars Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, who is also on honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller. When Miller leaves the country, Clark introduces Monroe to British life and they spend a week together, during which time she escapes from her Hollywood routine and the pressures of work.  My Week with Marilyn is directed by Simon Curtis.  Screenplay by Adrian Hodges, based on Colin Clark’s diaries, The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn.  The Weinstein Company film is directed by Simon Curtis and also stars Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench.

Williams was last seen in Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine opposite Ryan Gosling. Williams' captivating performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations and her fourth Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Williams’ performance in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, released in 2005, earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award as well as an Independent Spirit Award, SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Following, Williams was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in Wim Wenders' Land of Plenty. In her first collaboration with Kelly Reichardt on her critically acclaimed independent film Wendy and Lucy, Williams' moving and evocative performance as "Wendy" garnered a Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Actress in 2009 and her third Independent Spirit Award Nomination.

Williams’ other film credits include Meek’s Cutoff, The Station Agent, Shutter Island, Incendiary, Synecdoche, New York, I’m Not There, The Hottest State and Me Without You.  Williams is currently in production on Sam Raimi’s OZ: The Great and the Powerful, opposite James Franco, where she stars as Glinda the Good Witch.

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 130,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Bridges, Danny Boyle, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Colin Firth, Ron Howard, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman and Kate Winslet.

The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Title Sponsor, the City of Palm Springs.  Renewing sponsors, to date, of this year’s Festival include The Desert Sun, Spencer’s Restaurant and KPSP Local 2.  Major sponsors include Bank of America, Penfolds, Regal Entertainment and Wells Fargo.  The Festival’s Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz.

For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.

Steven Wilson / Emily Davis
B|W|R Public Relations
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David Lee
Palm Springs International Film Festival

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