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Colin Firth and Natalie Portman to be honored at Palm Springs festival


They may not be nominated for Oscars yet, but Colin Firth and Natalie Portman are already racking up achievement award honors. Firth, who is considered a front-runner for his performance as George VI in "The King's Speech," and Portman, who plays a prima ballerina descending into madness in "Black Swan," will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for actor and actress at the Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala, which takes place Jan. 8 at the Palm Spring Convention Center. The festival runs Jan. 6-17 in the desert community.

Past honorees for the Desert Palm Achievement Award have been Jeff Bridges, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Halle Berry and Marion Cotillard.

Firth and Portman join previously announced 2011 festival honorees (and potential Oscar contenders) Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence and Carey Mulligan.

--Susan King

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Photo: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech." Credit: Laurie Sparham/The Weinstein Co.

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