Actress Felicity Huffman has been selected to receive the breakthrough performance award at California's 17th annual Palm Springs Film Festival for her turn in sex-change movie TRANSAMERICA.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Charlize Theron, Shirley Maclaine, David Cronenberg and Michael London will also be feted at the 7 January (06) awards gala.

Emmy-winning DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star Huffman has already received the National Board of Reviews's actress prize and a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film.