Reese Witherspoon will receive the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Chairman’s Award for Wild at the annual awards gala on January 3.

“Reese Witherspoon delivers one of her finest performances in Wild,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.

“Witherspoon brilliantly brings to life the true story of Cheryl Strayed, adding yet another iconic performance to her impressive 20-year span of characters including June Carter, Tracy Flick and Elle Woods.”

Jean-Marc Vallée directed from Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Strayed’s book about her 1,100-mile solo hike after a life of recklessness and drug abuse.

Past recipients of the Chairman’s Award include Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman.

PSIFF runs from January 2-12.