Director to receive lifetime achievement award

Ron Howard will be feted with the director’s lifetime achievement award at the 20th annual Palm Springs Film Fest.

The kudo will commemorate Howard’s 50th anniversary in the biz, with special focus given to his latest movie, “Frost/Nixon,” which preemed at the London Film Fest Oct. 15.

Pic will be released in select theaters Dec. 5 and expands nationwide Christmas Day.

Kudos gala kicks off fest, which runs Jan. 6-19.

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