Meryl Streep Tapped for Icon Award at Palm Springs Fest

Meryl Streep will join the crowd of A-listers to be feted at the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival with the Icon Award, which “symbolizes the highest level of achievement” of a body of work in film.

Streep is rolling in kudos for her role in this year’s “August: Osage County,” the John Wells film based on the Tracy Letts play of the same name. She, along with co-star Julia Roberts, has received a Golden Globe nom for the role.

“We’re overjoyed to recognize Meryl Streep for yet another Oscar-worthy performance in ‘August: Osage County,’” said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Violet Weston, the matriarch of a dysfunctional family reunited by a tragic incident, will be remembered in her long list of iconic character roles.”

In an almost 40-year career, Streep has won three Oscars, most recently in 2011 for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” She has been nominated for a record 17 Academy Awards.

Previously announced PSIFF honorees include Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o and the cast of “American Hustle.” The awards ceremony will be held Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and the fest runs Jan. 3-13.

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