jackie55Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman (Black Swan) will be honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for performance in Jackie. The actress will receive the honor at the Film Awards Gala on January 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Natalie Portman truly brings to life one of this country’s most treasured public figures in the acclaimed new film Jackie,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “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. It is our honor to once again present the Desert Palm Achievement Award to actress Natalie Portman.

The actress previously received the award in 2011 for her work in Black Swan. Previous recipients of the honor include Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, and Naomi Watts.

Portman starred earlier this year in A Tale of Love and Darkness, a project which marked her feature directing debut. Jackie, co-starring Peter Sarsgaard and Greta Gerwig, opens in select theaters December 9.

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