The morning after the annual Palm Springs International Film Awards, some of the winners gather with other film industry professionals at the Parker Palm Springs Hotel for another spectacular awards show: the Variety Creative Impact Awards and Ten A director’s brunch worth watching.
The industry-only awards show has a much more relaxed atmosphere than the film awards, but still celebrates outstanding contributions to the art and business of motion pictures. Leisurely mornings are all about admiring budding talent – breakfast in hand.
As “American Fiction” actor Jeffrey Wright waited for his omelet on Friday, several people approached him to congratulate him on a career achievement award he had received the night before. One man said he loved “American Novel” but the 1996 biopic “Basquiat” remains his favorite, and other admirers of his work posed for photos with him.
Mark Ruffalo received a similar reception as he walked through the crowd. Finally, he smiled and politely said to an admirer, “I need some food.”
Despite the more casual atmosphere of the ceremony, there was a recurring theme among presenters and honorees at the ceremony: aversion to industry events, including the Variety Brunch.
Before expressing those thoughts, Variety executive vice president Steven Gaydos said some staffers preferred to think of it as a “backyard party.” He also dedicated the ceremony to the late Norby Walters, a music manager and host of the annual “Night of 100 Stars” Oscars show, which takes place every year Participate in variety shows.
Gaydos also thanked former Palm Springs International Film Festival president Harold Matzner, who was not in attendance but still received a round of applause. Matzna also received similar recognition from new chairman Nachhattar Singh Chandi in his speech on Thursday.
“Every film festival in the world needs a Harold Matzner, and this comes from a guy who wrote a book about the festival,” Gaydos said. “The festival is lucky to have He drags, kicks, screams, finances and does everything to make the festival a first-rate, exciting event for film lovers.”
Emma Stone Shares Her Nickname for Yorgos Lanthimos
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos impressed Hollywood and moviegoers with his bizarre films The Favorite and The Lobster. His latest film, Poor Thing, is another fantasy tale starring Emma Stone as a Franconian girl who is resurrected by an unconventional scientist and takes on an international adventure with a lawyer. She supports equality and feminism.
Stone, who won the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Actress at the Film Awards for her performance in the film, said she was nervous when she first met the director in 2015. She recalled that she assumed he would be “intense and opaque and quiet in a way that I couldn’t understand, and I was right.”
“To this day, we still don’t have a conversation, we just communicate in silence,” she joked. “I still think cats are dangerous, violent animals because I saw that in[his 2009 film]Dogtooth. He’s actually very warm and funny and, in fact, we’ve been talking to each other a lot every day years. He has become one of my closest friends and a trusted source of advice and inspiration.”
After appearing in four films, Stone was able to describe in detail what it was like to be on set with Lanthimos. She also shared her nickname for him: “Disastrous Lanthimos.”
“It should surprise no one that he paid great attention to detail. He held the cast together like a little family of misfits, and the ride to work every morning was like a funeral march. One of his most famous quotes One is ‘This is a disaster,'” Stone said.
Lanthimos said in his speech that Stone’s description was “what I do every day.” He later joked that it “pains me to receive this award today,” before adding that he was “extremely honored,” starting the event’s trend of offensive jokes.
He then talked about how he won the Creative Impact Award but had no idea the impact his work had on anyone.
“I worry about that for them,” Lanthimos said. “There seems to be a responsibility that comes with it. I thought about it and I felt at ease. From the moment I started making films in Greece until today, one thing that has remained constant is that I have been able to do it with complete creative freedom Making the movie I want to make, it allows me to say I can take full responsibility for the movie, especially if it’s a failure. I can own it and make it better. If the movie succeeds, Well I really know it’s because of the great people I choose to work with.”
Penelope Cruz says winning award was ‘confusing and shocking’
Actor Sean Penn was not kidding when he presented his Variety Award for Creative Impact Performance to “Ferrari” actress Penelope Cruz when he expressed displeasure about showing up on stage wearing a black T-shirt and gray sweatpants.
“I like to stay at home these days, and you’ll have to forgive me if I’m being respectful because I prefer to be alone with my dog, with the TV on, rather than going out in my car, which is very socially distanced. Uncomfortable. “Me,” he said bluntly. “But I do respect (Cruz) and that’s why I’m here. “
Payne joked that he spoke “passable English, very little Spanish and no Italian at all.” But when he thinks back to the movies he’s watched with him over the years, he doesn’t remember having to read any of the subtitles.
“There’s immeasurable beauty there, it’s deeply joyful, often shocking and sometimes painful. But that would also explain how I remember understanding every word she said on screen,” Payne said.
He also talked about his experience as a young actor going from a 99-seat theater in Los Angeles to a Broadway play and being so worried about whether his lines would reach the back rows of the audience that he asked his mentor for advice. “Great drama” to describe Cruz’s talent.
“If you have something to say, they will hear you,” he said. This gave me some insight into Penelope, and when she wants us to understand, we understand. She wants us to feel it, and we feel it because she makes us feel it. It is an intuition of rawness, anger, joy, tenderness, and imagination. It is also the eternal will of this great duty to be completely free from vanity,” said Payne.
Cruz, known for her roles in films such as “Volvo,” “Nine,” “Parallel Mother” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (the latter of which won her an Oscar), said she didn’t know what to say to Follow Penn.
“I’m very nervous about these events,” Cruz said, before revealing a written speech she wasn’t sure whether she should use. Cruz added that she was “confused and shocked” when she won the acting award because she prayed as a child, “Please God, when I become an adult, don’t lock me in an office doing something I don’t like.”
She thanked “Ferrari” director Michael Mann for choosing her to play Laura Ferrari. The film is set in 1957, when Enzo Ferrari was going through personal and business struggles while preparing his racing team for the Mille Miglia.
“Both then and today, in many parts of the world, we are women who live in the shadow of men. Women are constantly ignored, suppressed and oppressed, without wings to fly and express themselves,” Cruz said. “I have to say, I’m very scared of Michael Mann because I admire everything he does… He’s very strong, but I have to say, I also found a deep, romantic, tender man. If you watch him on set, it seems like he I would give my life for this movie.”
Eric Roth says he ‘has to take Ativan’
Screenwriter Eric Roth adapted David Grann’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” into Martin Scorsese’s 1920s Russian drama The film about the Osage Murders in Oklahoma won the Creative Impact Award for Screenwriting. While presenting the award, actress Lily Gladstone first listed off films including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Forrest Gump,” “A Star Is Born” and “Killers of the Flower Moon” before revealing These are “all kinds of stories and themes that Eric Roth helped bring to the big screen.”
“His masterful scripts are not only critical and commercial successes but are deeply insightful explorations of who we are as human beings, our struggles, ambitions, social structures and our histories that move us but also challenge us We see the world in a completely different way. A different way. Hopefully we’ll be better off because of it,” Gladstone said.
She said her favorite movie Roth wrote was “Forrest Gump” because when she saw the movie when she was 8 years old, she was able to relate to her parents because the story placed her in a place that “felt like history.” ” in the timeline, because historical events are mentioned in the film.
“Your ability to distill a narrative, especially when you distill the most essential, engaging, illuminating elements from another source and blend them seamlessly with the art of original storytelling, is a gift of tremendous insight , and it also reflects your collaborative spirit. I saw this firsthand while filming Killers of the Flower Moon,” Gladstone said.
“I think she oversold me,” Ross said before continuing her usual trend. “I don’t usually like winning (awards), so I’m nervous. I don’t like talking, I have to take Ativan, I’m much happier writing alone, I’m also a frustrated novelist but haven’t done that yet. I have a few points comment. “I can write a little bit so I can do this, but for Lily to do this and say something like this, it’s humbling,” Ross said.
“I think that’s due to (director) Martin Scorsese. It was his vision and he wanted to realize it and I hope I’m a good collaborator. I’m almost 60th The year I became a screenwriter. I’ve been lucky enough to write for Akira Kurosawa, David Fincher, Paul Newman and Lily. I have to say, as Lindsay Anderson would say, “Oh, lucky man!”
Desert Sun reporter Brian Bruschi covers arts and entertainment. You can contact him at email@example.com or on Twitter @bblueskye.