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The Dallas Buyers Club star will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, which is given to an actor and actress each year, during the 25th annual event, slated to run from Jan. 3-14.
McConaughey will accept his accolade at the Jan. 4 awards gala, hosted by Mary Hart.
“Matthew McConaughey is the rare actor who effortlessly moves between cinematic genres. From drama to thrillers to romantic comedies, he captivates audiences with the depth and range of his performances,” Harold Matzner, Palm Springs International Film Festival chairman, said in a statement. “In the acclaimed new movie Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey plays real-life cowboy Ron Woodroof, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and given a month to live — but fought for dignity, acceptance, and living life to the fullest. We are privileged to present Matthew McConaughey with an award that honors his extraordinary and versatile talent, the 2014 Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting.”
Previous recipients include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn and Brad Pitt.
This award is just the latest accolade McConaughey has received for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, which many awards experts are saying could earn him a best actor Oscar nomination. He previously won the acting honor at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards.
Focus Features’ Dallas Buyers Club, co-starring Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner, is currently playing in select theaters.
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