UPDATE:The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Fest will honor "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award. The honor will be presented to McQueen on January 4 at an awards gala that also includes honorees Bruce Dern ("Nebraska"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
Past recipients of the Director of the Year Award include Stephen Daldry, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella, Alexander Payne, Sean Penn, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell and Robert Zemeckis.
EARLIER: Matthew McConaughey will be honored with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for an Actor at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival's annual Awards Gala on January 4. Palm Springs is a stop on the obligatory Oscar promo tour; McConaughey has generated awards buzz this year for his role as real-life AIDS patient and under-the-table pharmacy runner Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club."
Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive the Desert Palm. Past actor recipients include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, and Brad Pitt. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis and Penn went on to win the Oscar for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth, Gyllenhaal and Pitt received nominations.
The fest, celebrating its 25th anniversary, runs January 3-14.