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01/06/2014 by Corinne Heller

Meryl Streep received the Icon Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival over the weekend and jokes that it's "weird" to be called an "icon."

The 64-year-old actress has won three Oscars and eight Golden Globes and was nominated for her ninth, for her role in the new movie "August: Osage County," ahead of the Jan. 12 ceremony. She and other nominees were among the honorees at the Palm Springs festival, the first of several galas held during the 2014 awards season.

"Well, it's sort of a weird thing to be called an icon. That's like something we worship and I haven't, you know, ever had that before," she told OTRC.com, laughing. "I hope they'll treat me differently at home."

Other Golden Globe nominees were also honored. Streep's "August: Osage County" co-star Julia Roberts received the Spotlight Award, while Tom Hanks was given the Chairman's Award for his roles in "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks." Also, the cast of "American Hustle," which includes the likes of Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, received the Ensemble Performance Award,

"Gravity" actress Sandra Bullock and "Dallas Buyers Club" star Matthew McCounaughey were given the Desert Palm Achievement Award, "Nebraska" actor Bruce Dern received the Career Achievement Award and Steve McQueen, who helmed "12 Years A Slave," was given the Director of the Year Award.

"Look, this is an amazing festival because there's so many actors who are honored in so many different categories," Streep said. "I think the Icon one sounds the least alive but I'm happy to be receiving it."

Streep has been nominated 28 times at the Golden Globe Awards. She won Oscars for parts in "Kramer vs. Kramer," "Sophie's Choice" and "The Iron Lady" and has been nominated for one 17 times.

Streep was also nominated for a SAG Award for her role as matriarch Violet Weston in "August: Osage County," which tells the story of a focuses around a dysfunctional family from Oklahoma. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Dermot Mulroney, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin.

Reporting by Karl Schmid, correspondent for the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The series is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.

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