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Boyhood” writer-director Richard Linklater will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs Film Festival’s awards gala on Jan. 3. The festival runs from Jan. 2-12.

Previous recipients of the award include Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius.

“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed ‘Boyhood,’ a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”

Linklater’s past work includes “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “Waking Life,” “Tape,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Bernie,” and “Before Midnight.” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” nabbed Linklater Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Festival Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), and Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”).

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