Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern, currently starring in "Nebraska," will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival gala. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / Associated Press)

Bruce Dern will be the recipient of the Career Achievement Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Dern, who won best-actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival for Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and is considered a likely contender for a lead actor Oscar, will receive his latest plaudit at an awards gala Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey were previously announced as honorees.

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"Bruce Dern is truly a one-of-a-kind performer," festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. "His skill at capturing the essence of a character, no matter how complex or unorthodox, is unique and unparalleled."

Past career-award honorees include Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren.

The 77-year-old Dern, the father of actress Laura Dern and ex-husband of her mother, actress Diane Ladd, has appeared in scores of films over the past five decades including "Marnie,"  "Wild Angels," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"; "Coming Home," for which he earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination; "Silent Running," "Black Sunday" and "The Driver." He also appeared on the hit HBO series "Big Love."


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