I admit it. When I served as a stage manager for the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala for the first time 4 years ago, I was nervous. Escorting celebrities from their table in the front of the house to a spot backstage; answering their questions and making sure they have whatever they need all while never taking your eye off of them until they get off the stage, is a high pressure gig. You don't want to be the one to anger a big name, much less your producer or director.
The 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala took place last Saturday, Jan. 8 2011 and as usual it was a spectacle to behold. Such luminaries as Natalie Portman, Robert Duvall and Helen Mirren came out to present and receive awards and campaign for a shot at an Oscar.
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