The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival kicked off this weekend, with festivities including the annual Awards Gala presented by Cartier at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Jan. 3, which brought Hollywood stars like Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore and Brad Pitt out to the desert to celebrate last year’s achievements in film. The Palm Springs festival serves as the unofficial kickoff to awards season, and we love getting the first peek at awards season red carpet fashion right in our backyard!
Reese Witherspoon received the Chairman’s Award for her performance in “Wild,” which was presented by her co-star, Laura Dern. Reese wore a pearl-covered Michael Kors dress for the evening.
Laura Dern wore a Matthew Williamson dress with Cartier jewelry and shoes by Ralph Lauren.
Julianne Moore received the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for “Still Alice,” presented by her co-star in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” Steve Carell. She wore a coral, off-the-shoulder dress with sequin embellishment and a pleated chiffon tulle hem by Delpozo.
The cast of “The Imitation Game” (Benedict Cumberbatch, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard and Alex Lawther in attendance) received the Ensemble Performance Award, presented by the film’s director Morten Tyldum. Below, Benedict Cumberbatch with his fiancée, theater director and actress Sophie Hunter, wearing a dress by Just Cavalli.
Below, members of the cast of “The Imitation Game” with director Morten Tyldum (from left, Allen Leech, Alex Lawther, Morten Tyldum, Matthew Beard).
Rosamund Pike received the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress for “Gone Girl,” presented by her co-stars Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens. Rosamund, who gave birth to a baby boy just one month ago, wore a floral print trapeze dress by Alexander McQueen and Brian Atwood shoes. Below on the right, Rosamund is joined by “The Theory of Everything” star Felicity Jones.
Below, “Gone Girl” actors Carrie Coon (left) and Kim Dickens.
Below, “The Theory of Everything” star Felicity Jones in a navy and black Monique Lhullier gown.
Below, actress Carla Gugino in a rhinestone-embellished black sheath.
Eddie Redmayne received the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor for “The Theory of Everything,” presented by his “Savage Grace” co-star Julianne Moore. Below, Eddie with his wife, Hannah Bagshawe (the newlyweds tied the knot just two weeks ago).
Brad Pitt (sporting some multicolored nail art) was on hand to present “Selma” star David Oyelowo with the Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor (Pitt was one of the producers of “Selma”).
The film festival continues in Palm Springs through Jan. 12, and you can still get tickets for film screenings at psfilmfest.org.
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