The Sessions (Credit: Fox Searchlight)

Helen Hunt, who is receiving kudos for her inspired work in the acclaimed drama The Sessions, will receive the Spotlight Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  The honor will be given out January 5th, the night of the fest’s awards gala (the festival runs January 3-14th).

“In her latest film The Sessions, Hunt gives a bravura performance as a therapist with a most delicate task – to help a man who has spent his life in an iron lung achieve a most unusual wish – lose his virginity,” said Film Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  “Because of her sensitivity and grace in this performance, and to recognize a career of continuing achievement, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the Spotlight Award to Helen Hunt.”

Past Spotlight Award recipients include Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain.

In the following interview, Hunt explains why she hopes to never choose between her acting and directing career (she shot the 2007 drama Then She Found Me).  To hear Hunt, click on the media bar below:

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The Sessions, which features John Hawkes as late poet/journalist Mark O’Brien, opens in wide release on Friday.

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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi)