Duo to be honored at gala on Jan. 7

Michelle Williams and director Michel Hazanavicius will be honored at the 23rd annual Palm Springs Film Festival. Williams will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award and Hazanavicius will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at a gala on Jan. 7.

“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.

“Director Michel Hazanavicius boldly takes us back in time and reacquaints modern-day audiences with the magical power of black-and-white silent cinema to capture our hearts and our imaginations in ‘The Artist, ‘ ” Matzner continued.

Since Williams’ “My Week With Marilyn” premiere at the New York Film Festival, the Academy Award-nominated actress has been getting awards buzz for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe. Hazanavicius and his silent film “The Artist,” which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, have also been a part of the awards conversation.

Williams and Hazanavicius join previously announced honorees George Clooney and Glenn Close.

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