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November 22, 2011 2:28 PM
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Michelle Williams To Receive Palm Springs Acting Award

Michelle Williams in "My Week With Marilyn"

In addition to previously announced honorees Glenn Close and George Clooney, Michelle Williams will receive an acting achievement award at this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The actress has been receiving awards buzz all year for her performance in "My Week With Marilyn."

“Every generation, the cinema has a few performers who mesmerize audiences with an exceptional blend of talent, versatility and grace,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Michelle Williams epitomizes these qualities as she continues to accept challenging role after challenging role."

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.

The festival runs January 5-16.
 
Full press release reprinted below:
 

MICHELLE WILLIAMS TO RECEIVE DESERT PALM ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR ACTING AT 23rd ANNUAL PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS GALA

Palm Springs, CA (November 22, 2011) – The 23rd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Michelle Williams with the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award.  Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 7, at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees George Clooney and Glenn Close.  The Festival runs January 5-16.

“Every generation, the cinema has a few performers who mesmerize audiences with an exceptional blend of talent, versatility and grace,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  “Michelle Williams epitomizes these qualities as she continues to accept challenging role after challenging role.  In her latest work, My Week with Marilyn, she perfectly captures the glamour and vulnerability of the iconic Marilyn Monroe who finds respite and solice during a week-long hiatus from Hollywood pressures.  To this actress, a cinematic star in her own right, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the 2012 Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award.”

Williams will next be seen starring in Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn. In the summer of 1956, Colin Clark works as an assistant on the British set of The Prince and the Showgirl, which stars Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, who is also on honeymoon with her new husband, playwright Arthur Miller. When Miller leaves the country, Clark introduces Monroe to British life and they spend a week together, during which time she escapes from her Hollywood routine and the pressures of work.  My Week with Marilyn is directed by Simon Curtis.  Screenplay by Adrian Hodges, based on Colin Clark’s diaries, The Prince, The Showgirl and Me and My Week with Marilyn.  The Weinstein Company film is directed by Simon Curtis and also stars Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench.

Williams was last seen in Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine opposite Ryan Gosling. Williams' captivating performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress as well as Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics Association nominations and her fourth Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Williams’ performance in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, released in 2005, earned her a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award as well as an Independent Spirit Award, SAG, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Following, Williams was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress for her performance in Wim Wenders' Land of Plenty. In her first collaboration with Kelly Reichardt on her critically acclaimed independent film Wendy and Lucy, Williams' moving and evocative performance as "Wendy" garnered a Toronto Film Critics Award for Best Actress in 2009 and her third Independent Spirit Award Nomination.

Williams’ other film credits include Meek’s CutoffThe Station Agent, Shutter IslandIncendiarySynecdocheNew YorkI’m Not ThereThe Hottest State and Me Without You.  Williams is currently in production on Sam Raimi’s OZ: The Great and the Powerful, opposite James Franco, where she stars as Glinda the Good Witch.

Past recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Natalie Portman, Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.

1 Comment

  • Oscar Cheat | November 27, 2011 10:45 PMReply

    This should be the only award she gets. My Week With Marilyn is nothing but the all conceited Michelle Williams parading about pretending to be Marilyn Monroe like every other woman who would like to be another Marilyn. Only since Michelle has been strongly criticized for going after Heath Ledger for sole custody leaving most to believe she caused him a great deal of stress has she "changed her ways" or she at least pretends to. You can't change who you are but you can pretend you are not difficult to avoid another backlash and maintain some fans.