Roberts, who plays the oldest daughter of
"Julia Roberts is a consummate actress with range as vast as her talent," said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement Friday. "In her latest, 'August: Osage County,' she is a key catalyst in a darkly comedic tale of a family coming back together after tragedy strikes."
Past recipients of the Spotlight Award include Jessica Chastain,
The gala is also presenting awards to previously announced honorees
The Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place Jan. 3-14.