The Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 2011 Awards Gala draws the biggest actors and actresses, celebrity filmmakers, media, industry professionals and film fans from all over the world to kick off the winter awards season in style. Held Saturday, January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the black-tie, red carpet event was presented by Cartier, and emceed for the eighth year by Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart.
The honorees have been favorites since the award season has started. Music Artists Diane Warren and Justin Timbelake were among the honorees.
Songwriter Diane Warren received the Frederick Loewe Music Award. Warren recently recieved a Golden Globes nomination for Best Original Song for the song she wrote called “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me Yet,” from the movie” Burlesque” and performed by Cher.
Warren has six Academy Awards nominations, five Golden Globes nominations, nine Grammy nominations and one Grammy Award. Warren was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2001. Warren has been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year six times and the Billboard Songwriter of the Year four times. She is also the first songwriter in the history of Billboard to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles charts at the same time. Warren has written hit songs for such notable artists: Elton John, Cher, Areosmith, Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Jennifer Hudson, Barbra Streisand, Roy Orbison, Carrie Underwood and Whitney Houston.
Justin Timberlake was honored along with the cast of the movie “Social Network” for Ensemble Performance Award. The movie is one the majority of critics list and awards nominations list.
Timberlake is a songwriter, performer, producer, actor and entrepreneur. Originally rising to fame as a member of the successful Pop group *NSYNC, Timberlake eventually launched his solo career that has earned him 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards and dozens of accolades from around the world. With two Pop/R&B solo albums that have sold more than 18 million albums worldwide, four #1 hits (“SexyBack,” “My Love,” “What Goes Around…/…Comes Around” and “Summer Love”) and the respect of his peers and fans across the globe.
Also been honored were Natalie Portman, Danny Boyle, Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, David O. Russell, Colin Firth, Robert Duvall and Ben Affleck.
The film festival runs though January 17.
For more information and or tickets, please visit: www.psfilmfest.org