Reese Witherspoon Earns Palm Springs Festival Special Honor

Reese Witherspoon Earns Palm Springs Festival Honor
Reese Witherspoon starred in The Good Lie, Wild, and Inherit Vice in 2014. (Photo Courtesy of PSIFF)

Reese Witherspoon’s delivered three terrific performances this year in feature films, with her performance in Wild likely earning her a spot on the Best Actress Oscar nominee list. And now the Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced they’ve selected Witherspoon to receive their Chairman’s Award during their awards gala on January 3, 2015 in Palm Springs.

In addition to Witherspoon, actors set to receive awards at the 2015 event include Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Rosamund Pike, and J.K. Simmons.

“Reese Witherspoon delivers one of her finest performances in Wild,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Witherspoon brilliantly brings to life the true story of Cheryl Strayed, adding yet another iconic performance to her impressive 20-year span of characters including June Carter, Tracy Flick and Elle Woods. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Reese Witherspoon with the Chairman’s Award.”

The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival will run January 2 through January 12.

The Plot of Wild:

In Wild, director Jean-Marc Vallée, Witherspoon and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. Wild powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures –as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.

-By Rebecca Murray

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