Meryl Streep will receive Icon Award at film festival

Streep owns the record for having 17 Academy Award nominations

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Organizers with the Palm Springs International Film Festival have announced that Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep will be honored with the Icon Award at this year's gala.

According to a release from film festival organizers, the 'Icon Award' honors a creative talent who, through the course of his or her career, has created a body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement in the motion picture art form.

"We're overjoyed to recognize Meryl Streep for yet another Oscar-worthy performance in 'August: Osage County'," said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  "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.  The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2014 Icon Award to Meryl Streep."  Michael Douglas was the first recipient of the Icon Award.

The Weinstein Company presents 'August: Osage County' which tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them, according to officials with the film festival.

Matzner described Streep's impressive film career in a release on Wednesday.

For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television.  She received her first Oscar nomination for The Deerhunter.  In 2011, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned her seventeenth Academy Award nomination for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.  For this role, she won the Academy Award, British Academy Award, and the Golden Globe for Best Actress. 

She was most recently seen in Hope Springs, alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell.  Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination.  Streep can currently be seen in August: Osage County and recently finished production on Disney's Into the Woods and The Weinstein Company's The Giver.

The gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts and the cast of American Hustle.  Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. 

The Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place from January 3-13, 2014.

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