Tuesday 17 October 2017

Williams to be honoured at festival

Michelle Williams is being tipped as an Oscar contender for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe
Michelle Williams is being tipped as an Oscar contender for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe

Michelle Williams, who is winning plaudits for her new role as Marilyn Monroe, is to be honoured at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's awards gala.

The US actress joins the previously announced George Clooney and Glenn Close as an honouree at the event on January 7, The Wrap reports.

Michelle, who is being tipped for an Oscar nomination for her current role in My Week With Marilyn, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award.

Previous recipients include Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet and Charlize Theron.

"Every generation, the cinema has a few performers who mesmerise audiences with an exceptional blend of talent, versatility and grace," said the festival's chairman Harold Matzner.

"Michelle Williams epitomises these qualities as she continues to accept challenging role after challenging role."

Directed by Simon Curtis, My Week With Marilyn also stars Dame Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne and Emma Watson, and deals with the problem-plagued shooting of the film The Prince And The Showgirl.

Dame Judi, who played actress Dame Sybil Thorndike in the film, has paid tribute to her co-star, telling the Radio Times: "She is just wonderful. She has that same fragile quality [as Marilyn]."

The Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place in January.

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