The American Beauty star will be feted at the Film Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on 2 January (17).

"Throughout her career, Annette Bening has brought to the screen many memorable performances including the four films for which she was nominated for an Academy Award: American Beauty, The Grifters, The Kids Are All Right, and Being Julia," a statement from Festival Chairman Harold Matzner reads. "Bening creates yet another memorable award-winning role portraying Dorothea, a free-spirited single mother raising her teenage son in Mike Mills' upcoming film 20th Century Women."

The award news comes a day after Bening was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for her role in 20th Century Women. She has received similar nominations for the Gotham Awards and Independent Film Spirit Awards.

Previous recipients of the Palm Springs Career Achievement Award include Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Morgan Freeman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Lynn Redgrave.