Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis drove to the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala together, and while Curtis presented Blanchett with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for her performance in “Her,” the two entertained the audience by bantering about who was the better driver. But Blanchett brought the energy to a fever pitch when she revealed that Curtis repacked her bag before their drive and “came out in her bra and knickers.”
“We had this long conversation,” Blanchett recalled at the top of her speech. “Debating whether I should get into my pajamas before driving tonight. Meanwhile, she is telling me what to wear, and she comes out in her bra and knickers. That’s why we almost missed tonight’s show.”
The two worked together on Eli Roth’s upcoming feature “Borderlands,” which Blanchett filmed before embarking on Todd Field’s psychological drama. Meanwhile, Blanchett was pulling double duty, presenting the Chairman’s Award Actress to “The Woman King” star and producer Viola Davis.
Curtis recalled asking Blanchett if she would present him with the award in her dressing room during filming. diversityIts actors on actors. Curtis was paired with “The Banshees of Inisharine” actor Colin Farrell, who presented the Desert Palm Achievement Award, the actor at the gala with his “Seven Psychopaths” co-star Sam Rockwell. Blanchett was paired with Curtis’ “Everything Everywhere All at Once” co-star Michelle Yeoh, who received the International Star Actress Award.
Other highlights of the ceremony included “Elvis” director Baz Luhrmann presenting his leading man Austin Butler with the Breakthrough Performance Award. Luhrmann recalled that the film was shelved at the start of the pandemic after Tom Hanks contracted Covid, and even became “estranged” from Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley due to concerns over Butler’s role.
In addition, two-time Oscar winner Sally Field presented the prestigious Vanguard Award to “The Fablemans,” which was shared by director and producer Steven Spielberg, producer Christy McCosco Krieger and cast members Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Gabrielle LaBelle, Seth. Rosen and Judd Hirsch.
Davis gave the final speech of the night, which was full of hope for a brighter future for black actors in Hollywood. “I don’t want people to prosper despite the business,” Davis said. “I want them to thrive because of business.”
Other honorees include Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”), Daniel Deadwiler (“Teal”), Bill Nighy (“Living”) and writer-director Sarah Polley (“Woman Talking”).
The Palm Springs International Film Festival takes place January 5-16.