Last night I attended the 20th Annual Awards Gala for the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The black tie event was held at the Convention Center in beautiful downtown Palm Springs. Thousands of fans and celebrity-watchers lined the streets early for a glimpse of their favorite stars. When I arrived, there were stretch limousines lined up approaching the red carpet, dropping off celebrities non-stop. The press was in full force, hundreds of international photographers, TV networks, Entertainment Tonight, and newspaper reporters all packed along the red carpet entrance. As I walked in I saw Ron Howard giving an interview, Dakota Fanning signing autographs, Tom Bosley posing for photos, along with Kathy Bates, Mira Sorvino, Suzanne Somers and Mary Hart just to name a few. It was a night of celebrities galore. I took most of the photos here, although I borrowed a few of the red carpet from the Desert Sun. Enjoy!
The Red Carpet!
above: the Red Carpet entrance, where celebrities were ushered into the building.
above: Mary Hart, host of the evening's events
above: Mira Sorvino poses on the red carpet
above: Dakota Fanning who was so sweet and gracious to fans.
above: Leonardo Di Caprio looking dapper.
above: Leonardo DiCaprio really looks great up close too.
above: Kathy Bates says hi
The Awards Gala
Once inside, there was a cocktail hour to allow all the guests to arrive and be seated. The Pat Rizzo orchestra entertained the audience with terrific jazz and swing standards.
above: Amy Adams accepts the Spotlight Award
above: Ben Stiller was a presenter who introduced Dustin Hoffman.
above: Dakota Fanning accepts the Rising Star Award
above: Donald Sutherland
above: Frank Langella
above: Freida Pinto accepts the Breakthrough Performance Award for "Slumdog Millionaire"