Currently courting awards attention with his acclaimed performance as spy hunter George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Oldman will collect the honour at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) gala on Jan 7.

“Gary Oldman is a performer whose ability to portray the most extreme of characters is a testament to the enormity of his talent,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said.

“In Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, as the embodiment of John le Carré’s classic spymaster George Smiley, he combines cunning, pathos, and cold determination when he is brought out of retirement to ferret out a double agent during the Cold War.”

Oldman was recently cited as best actor of the year by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. His credits include Dracula, Sid And Nancy, JFK, Leon, Christopher Nolan’s Batman films and Immortal Beloved.