Palm Springs Film Fest: Spike Lee to Receive Career Achievement Award

The iconic indie filmmaker will collect his hardware at the event's annual awards gala on Jan. 3.
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Spike Lee, the iconic indie filmmaker who is enjoying one of the biggest hits of his career this year in BlacKkKlansman, has been chosen to receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Career Achievement Award at the fest's annual awards gala on Jan. 3.

The 30th edition of PSIFF is set to run Jan. 3-14.

Previous recipients of the honor include  Annette Bening , Kevin Costner, Bruce Dern, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson.

"Spike Lee has been an outstanding warrior for equal rights while creating an iconic body of film and television work over his 30-year career," fest chair Harold Matzner said Wednesday in a statement. "In BlacKkKlansman, Lee directs one of his best and most provocative films about an African-American detective and a white detective who are determined to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado Springs. It is our great honor to present the Career Achievement Award to Spike Lee."

PSIFF previously announced several other honors to be presented at its awards gala: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) will receive the Chairman's Award; Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) will receive the Director of the Year Award; Glenn Close (The Wife) will receive the Icon Award; Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award; Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) will receive the Spotlight Award; Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award; and Green Book's co-writer/director Peter Farrelly and stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali will receive the Vanguard Award. Additional honorees will be announced in the coming days.