Brendan Fraser among honorees at the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Brendan Fraser, Colin Farrell and Cate Blanchett were among the honorees at the 34th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
ward season leaders got together for the first time on Thursday as the festival got underway in Palm Springs, California.
Other Hollywood stars honored on the first night included Michelle Yeoh, Austin Butler, Viola Davis, Bill Nighy and Danielle Deadwyler.
The annual festival returns live January 5-16 this year for the first time since 2020 and kicks off the 2023 awards season.
Its opening night saw a “chat” segment with Fraser about his critically acclaimed film The Whale, which earned him a number of topics. appointed so far.
The actor then received the festival’s outstanding award given to him by his The Whale co-star Hong Chau.
Speaking to US magazine Variety on the event’s red carpet, Fraser said he was “excited” to be back at a live festival.
“I hope that I get to meet people I admire from afar… We’re all back, we can do this again, it’s exciting,” he said.
“All of those honored tonight, I look forward to having a moment with them and to appreciate each other’s work.”
Fraser was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a Critics’ Choice Award for her role in the psychological drama.
He plays obese English teacher Charlie trying to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, played by Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink.
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Farrell was honored with the actor’s desert palm tree achievement award, following his performance in The Banshees of Inisherin, and Blanchett received the same honor for an actress when she did. join Tar.
Speaking to Variety, Farrell praised his co-star Brendan Gleeson and said their next project together couldn’t come “soon enough”.
He’s a pleasure to work with, he comes to it from all the right places, both as a man and as an artist, he told the outlet.
“I love him dearly.”
The pair previously worked together under Martin McDonagh’s direction on In Bruges – with Farrell adding that he would love to work with the filmmaker again.
Yeoh and Nighy received the international star award, while Davis received the president’s award.
Duong Tu Quynh posed with her Everything Everywhere All At Once co-star, Stephanie Hsu on the red carpet of the event.
Butler and Deadwyler received breakthrough performance by actor and actress respectively, and filmmaker Sarah Polley was recognized with director of the year award.
Butler was presented with his award by director Elvis Baz Luhrmann.
Steven Spielberg’s semi-biographical film The Fabelmans received a pioneering award – with the Oscar-winning director also in attendance.
Other famous faces spotted on the red carpet on Thursday included Paul Dano, Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell.
The opening night of the Palm Springs International Film Festival comes less than a week before the Golden Globe Awards on January 10 and the Critics’ Choice Awards on January 15.
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