Emo­tions run high at Palm Springs fest

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS -

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Hol­ly­wood kicked off the year’s awards sea­son with an emo­tional night in the desert. The Palm Springs In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val’s an­nual open­ing gala is of­ten treated by hon­orees as a busi­nesslike stop on the in­dus­try’s self-con­grat­u­la­tion cir­cuit. But Thurs­day found Laura Dern, Jen­nifer Lopez and Quentin Tarantino wip­ing away tears on­stage.

Dern, pre­sented with the ca­reer achieve­ment award, was sur­prised with a video of her di­vorced par­ents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd high­fiv­ing as they praised her, say­ing “You got game.”

“That was re­ally mov­ing for me,“the 52-year-old ac­tress said. “Ev­ery kid kind of wants to see their par­ents to­gether.”

Dern, who stars in “Lit­tle Women” and “Mar­riage Story,” then told the crowd that she’d been con­ceived in the nearby moun­tain town of Idyll­wild dur­ing pro­duc­tion of the 1966 Roger Cor­man biker movie “The Wild An­gels.“

Lopez apol­o­gized for be­ing over­come with emo­tion af­ter an in­tro­duc­tion from “Hustlers“writer-di­rec­tor Lorene Sca­faria. “I’m so glad to be here but I want to run out the door, I’m so ner­vous,“she said.

The 50-year-old per­former noted that women held key roles both be­hind and in front of the cam­era on the crime drama: “To all the tal­ented women out there writ­ing films, pro­duc­ing films and di­rect­ing films, sup­port one an­other. And tell your sto­ries.”

“Lit­tle Women” di­rec­tor Greta Ger­wig in­tro­duced “Once Upon A Time in Hol­ly­wood” writer-di­rec­tor Tarantino with ef­fu­sive praise, say­ing he “makes movies as if movies could save the world.” The 56-year-old di­rec­tor wiped a tear from his eye: “My joke that I say when peo­ple are go­ing to talk about me is, ‘Speak about me as if I were dead.’ And they never do! And you did! Thank you, Greta.”

Also tak­ing home hon­ors: “The Ir­ish­man” di­rec­tor Martin Scors­ese, “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix, “Judy” star Re­nee Zell­weger, “Pain and Glory” star An­to­nio Ban­deras and “Bomb­shell” star Char­l­ize Theron.


Greta Ger­wig presents the Di­rec­tor of the Year award to Quentin Tarantino on Thurs­day in Palm Springs.



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