Mary J. Blige will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for her performance in “Mudbound,” festival organizers announced Thursday.

The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter plays a sharecropper struggling to make ends meet in the rural South during World War II. She and her husband Hap, played by Rob Morgan, contend with racism and the aftermath of the war.

“Mary J. Blige is a global superstar in the world of music who continues to make her mark as an actress in both television and film,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said. “In her current film, `Mudbound,’ Blige gives a quiet, yet fantastic performance as Florence Jackson, a strong woman supporting her sharecropper family in rural Mississippi.”

Blige will receive the award at the festival’s awards gala, set for Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Previously announced honorees include Holly Hunter, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Gal Gadot, Gary Oldman, Sam Rockwell and the cast and crew of “The Shape of Water.”

The 29th annual festival runs from Jan. 2-15.

–City News Service

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