Behind the Scenes at This Year’s Palm Springs Film Festival

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Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon

Photo Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for PSIFF

Glitz and glamour returned to the desert this weekend at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.

A haute crowed descended upon the Palm Springs Convention Center for the awards gala, which was attended by a slew of stars in the running for Golden Globes or potential Oscars this year.

Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore
Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore

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The awards gala, which honors individuals in the entertainment industry with several prestigious awards for acting and directing, was presented by Cartier and Mercedes-Benz; honorees were presented with an original Chihuly Glass Sculpture designed by Dale Chihuly or the John Kennedy “The Entertainer” statue.

David Oyelowo and Brad Pitt
David Oyelowo and Brad Pitt

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Winners at the ceremony included Rosamund Pike, who received the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress for Gone Girl presented by her co-stars Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens; David Oyelowo received the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor for Selma presented by one of the film’s producer Brad Pitt; J.K. Simmons received the Spotlight Award for Whiplash presented by Juno director Jason Reitman; Robert Duvall received the Icon Award for The Judge presented by his co-star Robert Downey, Jr.; Julianne Moore received the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for Still Alice presented by her co-star in Crazy, Stupid, Love. Steve CarellRichard Linklater received the Sonny Bono Visionary Award for Boyhood presented by Shirley MacLaine, who he directed in Bernie; Eddie Redmayne received the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for The Theory of Everything presented by his Savage Grace co-star Julianne MooreAlejandro González Iñárritu received the Director of the Year Award for Birdman presented by the film’s star Michael Keaton; The Imitation Game (stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard and Alex Lawther were in attendance) received the Ensemble Performance Award presented by the film’s director Morten Tyldum; and Reese Witherspoon received the Chairman’s Award for Wild presented by her co-star Laura Dern.

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall

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Additional attendees included Dale and Leslie Chihuly, Ava DuVernay, Carla Gugino, Felicity Jones, Phillip Keene, Udo Kier, Matthew Lillard, Greg Louganis, Bérénice Marlohe, James Marsh, Patrick Stewart, Jerry Weintraub, Rick Yorn and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet, along with festival representatives Harold Matzner (Festival Chairman), Darryl Macdonald (Festival Director) and Helen du Toit (Artistic Director).

Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and J.K. Simmons
Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and J.K. Simmons

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Following the ceremony an after party was held at the Parker Palm Springs where Matthew Beard, Carrie Coon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Dern, Kim Dickens, Robert Duvall, Alex Lawther, Allen Leech, Richard Linklater, Shirley MacLaine, David Oyelowo, Eddie Redmayne, Jason Reitman, J.K. Simmons, Morten Tyldum, Reese Witherspoon, and many others were in attendance.

Honorees and presenters were presented with gifts from event sponsor Cartier. Celebrity guests arrived in the all new Mercedes 2015 S550 sedans and GL450 SUVs to the Festival red carpet.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Michael Keaton
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Michael Keaton

Photo Credit: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for PSIFF

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