The 49-year-old star is being feted for her performance in Lion, the Garth Davis-directed drama about a young Indian boy adopted by parents in Australia, who sets out to find his family when he reaches adulthood. Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and David Wenham co-star.

"One of the world’s most luminous and versatile actresses, Nicole Kidman has filled so many unforgettable roles including her performances in The Hours, Moulin Rouge!, Cold Mountain, Rabbit Hole and dozens more," festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. "In her latest film, Lion, she gives yet another award-worthy performance as Sue Brierley, an Australian woman who adopts two young boys from India."

Nicole is mother to adopted children Isabella, 23, and Connor, 21, with ex-husband Tom Cruise. She also has daughters Sunday, eight, and five-year-old Faith with second husband Keith Urban.

The flame haired actress has an Oscar, a BAFTA and three Golden Globes to her name, and in 2005 The Palm Springs International Film Festival crowned her with the Chairman’s Award.

Previous International Star Award winners include Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren and Saoirse Ronan.