x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Award season kicks off in Palm Springs

Award hopefuls made their first stop of the new year at the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival gala.

Bradley Cooper is being tipped as an Oscar contender. Alex Gallardo / Reuters
Bradley Cooper is being tipped as an Oscar contender. Alex Gallardo / Reuters

Award-season hopefuls made their first stop of the new year at the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival gala on Saturday.

A blast of Golden Globe nominees and Oscar hopefuls were in attendance, including Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Helen Hunt and John Hawkes (The Sessions), Ben Affleck (Argo) and the Arbitrage star Richard Gere, who received the night's Chairman's Award.

There were previous Academy Award winners aplenty, including Sally Field, the honoree for career achievement, including her role as Mary Todd in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln.

This forthcoming week the awards season continues with tomorrow's People's Choice Awards and Thursday's Oscar nominations.

So how does the phrase "Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper" sound to the Silver Linings Playbook actor? "That would be incredible," Cooper answered, explaining he just may sleep through the predawn announcement. "Yeah, I'm sure I'll get up, but maybe I'll be asleep. I don't know."

And three days after the Oscar nods, it's the Golden Globes - a "much, much friendlier" show, according to the Hitchcock star Helen Mirren.

"They haven't allowed it to get enormous," she said. "Everybody table-jumps and chats. I can't wait to have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler doing it. That's going to be such fun." - AP