Indian actress Freida Pinto will be honoured at the 2009 Palm Springs Film Festival for her breakthrough performance in Danny Boyle's film SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.
The 24-year-old actress will receive the honour at the 20th annual awards gala next month (06Jan09) - celebrating her first lead role after starting her career as a model and TV correspondent in her native Mumbai.
Pinto plays a young orphaned girl in the movie - a love story between her character Latika and an 18-year-old boy from the Mumbai slums, played by Dev Patel.
Previous Breakthrough Awards have gone to French actress Marion Cotillard and American actresses Jennifer Hudson and Felicity Huffman.