Jeff Bridges given achievement award

'Crazy Heart' star to be honored by Palm Springs fest

The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival will present Jeff Bridges, star of the upcoming "Crazy Heart," with its Desert Palm Achievement Award at the fest's awards gala on Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

In "Heart," which Fox Searchlight releases Dec. 18, Bridges plays a down-on-his-luck country music singer.

"Jeff Bridges' career is the very embodiment of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, which was created to acknowledge acting excellence and years of consistent and memorable work. This year, in his remarkable performance in 'Crazy Heart,' he once again shows us why he is considered one of America's greatest actors," fest chairman Harold Matzner said.

Bridges is a four-time Oscar nominee for his work in "The Last Picture Show," "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," "Starman" and "The Contendor."

He also appears in the current war comedy "The Men Who Stare at Goats."

The fest runs Jan. 5-18.