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Helen Hunt will receive the Spotlight Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival at its awards gala Jan. 5.
“Few can claim the artistic distinctions of Helen Hunt,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. “A consummate actress, director, producer and screenwriter, Hunt's talents are myriad.
"In her latest film, The Sessions, Hunt gives a bravura performance as a therapist with a most delicate task, to help a man who has spent his life in an iron lung achieve a most unusual wish — lose his virginity. Because of her sensitivity and grace in this performance, and to recognize a career of continuing achievement, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present the Spotlight Award to Helen Hunt.”
Past recipients of the Spotlight Award include Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain, each of whom then received Oscar noms that year.
The Palm Springs fest runs from Jan. 3-14.