Naomi Watts arrives at the 24th Annual Palm Springs
International Film Festival Gala in Palm Springs,
California. REUTERS/Alex Gallardo
Naomi Watts has been honoured at the 2013 Palm Springs
International Film Festvial.
Watts was presented with the Desert Palm Achievement Award
for Acting at the festival's gala night in Palm Springs,
California, on Saturday night.
The British-born, Australian-raised actress was chosen to
receive the honour for her performance in The Impossible.
In November, Festival chairman Harold Matzner told
Variety.com that Watts's performance in the film was "worthy
of an Oscar nomination".
Watts plays mother of three Maria Belon in the harrowing
film, also starring Ewan McGregor, which is based on the true
story of a family torn apart when the 2004 Asian tsunami
engulfed Thailand's coastline.
The PSIFF is one of the largest film festivals in North
America, welcoming 135,000 attendees each year for its
line-up of new and celebrated international features and
The festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards
Gala, honouring the best achievements in film.
Past Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients include Halle
Berry, Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman and Kate Winslet.
Other actresses to be honoured at the gala night on Saturday
night were Helen Mirren (Hitchcock) and Helen Hunt (The