Charlize Theron has been selected to receive the Variety Indie Impact Award, recognizing her longtime support of independent film, at the Palm Springs film fest on Jan. 8.
The award, presented by Mercedes-Benz, celebrates a performer’s ability to crossover from indies to mainstream studio success. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Mark Wahlberg were the previous honorees.
An Oscar winner for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s “Monster,” Theron has been a staunch advocate of indie cinema and filmmakers, as reflected in work ranging from her breakout turn in “2 Days in the Valley” to her current role as both producer and star of Paramount’s “Young Adult.” She has alternated high-profile studio assignments with perfs in such specialty fare as “North Country,” “In the Valley of Elah” and “The Burning Plain.”
The kudo to Theron will serve as the centerpiece of an event featuring Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch honorees.