Palm Springs Film Fest: 'Wild' Star Reese Witherspoon to Receive Chairman's Award

Previous recipients of the honor include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman
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Reese Witherspoon on the set of 'Wild'

Reese Witherspoon will receive this year's Chairman's Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3 in recognition of her work in the Fox Searchlight drama. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.

The Oscar-winning star of Wild, which opened in select theaters on Wednesday, joins illustrious company with Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman all previous recipients of PSIFF's Chairman's Award.

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“Witherspoon delivers one of her finest performances in Wild,” said PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “[She] brilliantly brings to life the true story of Cheryl Strayed, adding yet another iconic performance to her impressive 20-year span of characters."

Witherspoon's other acting credits include The Man in the Moon (1991), Fear (1996), Pleasantville (1998), Election (1999), Legally Blonde (2001), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), Walk the Line (2005), Just Like Heaven (2005), Rendition (2007), Mud (2012) and, this year, Philippe Falardeau's The Good Lie and Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice.

PSIFF previously announced that Boyhood's writer-director Richard Linklater will receive this year's Visionary Award; The Theory of Everything's lead actor Eddie Redmayne and Still Alice's lead actress Julianne Moore will receive this year's Desert Palm Achievement awards; Whiplash's supporting actor J.K. Simmons will receive this year's Spotlight Award; that Rosamund Pike will be honored with its Breakthrough Performance Award.

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