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November 29, 2017   |   Written by Bruce Fessier

Article taken from Desert Sun.

Holly Hunter, who won a 1993 Oscar for her lead actress performance in “The Piano,” will receive a Career Achievement Award Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Her career includes roles in such notable films as “Broadcast News,” “The Firm” and “Thirteen,” but she’s coming off a memorable featured performance in the summer comedy hit, “The Big Sick.”

She joins a pantheon of past Career Achievement Award recipients including Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Robert Duvall, Samuel L. Jackson, Glenn Close, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, Bruce Dern and Lynn Redgrave.

“Holly Hunter’s career is filled with many memorable performances, including her Academy Award-winning role in ‘The Piano,’” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her recent film, ‘The Big Sick,’ she brings comedy and poignancy as a mother coping with her daughter’s coma, while bonding with her daughter’s ex-boyfriend.”

Hunter, 59, will be part of a lineup of award winners at the black-tie festival gala including Timothée Chalamet, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman and Sam Rockwell. Earlier this week, Chalamet won Breakthrough Actor honors at the Gotham Independent Film Awards and the National Board of Review in large part for his performance as a young gay lover in “Call Me By Your Name.” He, Oldman and Gadot have also been named as Virtuoso Award winners at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Feb. 3.

Besides her acclaimed film appearances, Hunter has won Emmy Awards for her performances in “Roe vs. Wade” and “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom.” She also was nominated for Emmys for her work in “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her,” “When Billie Beat Bobby,” “Saving Grace” and “Top of the Lake.”

Besides “The Big Sick,” Hunter was recently seen on the big screen in “Strange Weather,” the story of a mother trying to grieve over the death of her son. She previously starred in such hit films as “Raising Arizona,” “Miss Firecracker,” “Home for the Holidays,” “Crash,” “O Brother Where Art Thou?,” “The Incredibles” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

She’ll next star in the Alan Ball HBO series “Here, Now.”

Hunter was featured opposite Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in “The Big Sick,” Nanjani’s story of his real-life courtship with Emily V. Gordon when he was an aspiring Pakistan-born comic.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs Jan. 2-15 at venues throughout Palm Springs and Cathedral City. The awards gala, hosted by “Entertainment Tonight” personality Mary Hart, is presented this year by American Express and sponsored by Entertainment Tonight. It has attracted up to 2,500 people, with more fans lining the street to watch the red carpet arrivals of such past award winners as Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt.