Depp will join previously announced honorees Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan at the Awards Gala on Jan. 2. He is being recognized for his portrayal of Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass.”
“Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, ‘Black Mass,’ Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention.”
Depp was also recently announced as the recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award.
Previous Desert Palm Achievement Award winners include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Eddie Redmayne.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs from Jan. 1-11.