Robert Zemeckis, who won the best director Oscar for 1994's "Forrest Gump," is the recipient of the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Director of the Year award for his latest film, "Flight," starring Denzel Washington as a pilot who is dealing with addiction.
The awards gala will be held Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The 24th annual festival runs Jan. 3-14.
"For 35 years, Robert Zemeckis has been creating some of the most iconic and indelible images in cinema, garnering international acclaim as a filmmaker of extraordinary vision," said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement Wednesday.
Past honorees include Stephen Daldry, Ang Lee, Anthony Minghella and Sean Penn.