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Julianne Moore will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the 26th Palm Springs International Film Festival’s annual Awards Gala on Jan. 3.

The gala will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, and the festival runs Jan 2-12. It has grown in importance as a key campaign stop during Oscar season, with heavy industry turnout for the event. Eddie Redmayne was announced last week for an award that evening.

Sony Pictures Classics will release “Still Alice,” starring Moore, in New York and Los Angeles for a one-week qualifying run on Dec. 5. It opens Jan. 16. The pic, written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, also stars Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, Hunter Parrish.

In announcing the award, festival chairman Harold Matzner said, “In her latest film ‘Still Alice,’ she faces one of her most demanding and challenging roles as Alice, a woman diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  Moore delivers another career-defining performance that is sure to captivate audiences and bring attention to this devastating disease.”