Richard Linklater will collect the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the annual awards gala on January 3.

The writer-director of Boyhood earned a Spirit Award nomination this week – one of five for the acclaimed coming-of-age feature.

“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. 

“For his creative innovations in filmmaking, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”

Linklater’s credits include the Before series, Dazed And Confused, Slacker and Waking Life.

Previous recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Danny Boyle, Michel Hazanavicius and Quentin Tarantino.

PSIFF is scheduled to run from January 2-12.