The actress is drawing awards buzz for her starring role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn and will collect the actress achievement award at the gala show in Palm Springs on Jan 7, 2012.

“Every generation, the cinema has a few performers who mesmerise audiences with an exceptional blend of talent, versatility and grace,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said. 

“Michelle Williams epitomises these qualities as she continues to accept challenging role after challenging role. In her latest work, My Week with Marilyn, she perfectly captures the glamour and vulnerability of the iconic Marilyn Monroe who finds respite and solace during a week-long hiatus from Hollywood pressures.”

Williams earned a lead actress Academy Award nomination last season for Blue Valentine and was previously nominated for her supporting role in Brokeback Mountain.

Her credits include Wendy And Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff. She is currently filming Sam Raimi’s OZ: The Great And The Powerful as Glinda the Good Witch opposite James Franco.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival is scheduled to run from Jan 5-16.