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Funny how these things happen, huh? Not only has it been announced, per the Hollywood Reporter, that the Breakthrough Performance award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival will go to Mariah Carey for her genuinely astonishing work in 'Precious,' but Carey, it turns out, will be there to accept it.

The festival, which runs Jan. 5 through Jan. 18, is one that stars make conscious decisions to attend, given that January is smack in the middle of awards season. The awards ceremony, a gala event heavily promoted by the festival, is on opening night. Funny how these things happen, huh? Not only has it been announced, per the Hollywood Reporter, that the Breakthrough Performance award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival will go to Mariah Carey for her genuinely astonishing work in 'Precious,' but Carey, it turns out, will be there to accept it.

The festival, which runs Jan. 5 through Jan. 18, is one that stars make conscious decisions to attend, given that January is smack in the middle of awards season. The awards ceremony, a gala event heavily promoted by the festival, is on opening night.

THR quoted Harold Matzner, chairman of the festival, as heralding Carey's ability to transform "from a glamorous music icon to a forthright social worker."

And Carey does have every reason to crow: After the total disaster otherwise known as her 2001 semi-autobiographical film 'Glitter,' one of the most colossal cinematic foibles ever, Carey spent the decade on something of a soul search, still seen as a major vocal talent but perhaps devoid of the acting chops needed to segue into film work.

Now, as the decade nears its end, by essaying the role of a straight-up, unadorned, decidedly plain social worker in 'Precious,' Carey not only undid the 'Glitter' damage but may well have cast herself as a rising star for the 2010s.

So is Carey receiving the award because she'll show up for it? Well, perhaps so. But after so much disappointment, maybe she's also earned the right to celebrate the emancipation of Mariah.