If Hollywood is looking a little empty later this week, look no further than Palm Springs.Most of the 2024 Oscar nominees have gathered here in recent days, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Emma Stone, Margot Robbieand dozens of other big-name stars headed to the opening ceremony of this year’s Palm Springs International Film Festival, which, perhaps unintuitively, begins (rather than ends) with a star-studded awards night.
The 35-year-old film festival has been hailed as “the first stop on the road to the Academy Awards,” as its website states. It usually coincides with the Oscar nomination voting window, but that’s not the case this year: In 2024, nomination voting will begin on January 11, so Oscar candidates still have a long campaign to overcome. And some, like DiCaprio, who has never been good at red carpet comfort, seem ready to call it a day.
DiCaprio attended the event to support Killers of the Flower Moon, won the Film Festival Pioneer Award.Other winners include Stone, for his work on poor thing, Cillian Murphyfor Oppenheimer, Davin Joy Randolph for something to keepand Carey Mulligan for teacher.