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Ben Affleck asks Jennifer Garner to call him "chairman," Jake Gyllenhaal teases Natalie Portman, and Carey Mulligan shares a sweet hug with Andrew Garfield in the top must-see moments from the 2011 Palm Springs Film Festival.
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Hollywood descended on the desert Saturday for the Palm Springs International Film Festival, with actors like Ben Affleck, Carey Mulligan, and Natalie Portman taking the stage for the evening's awards gala. Jake Gyllenhaal playfully teased an expectant and engaged Natalie as he presented her with this year's Desert Palm Achievement Award. She thanked her Black Swan director and costars from the podium, then became emotional as she mentioned her fiancé Benjamin Millepied. Natalie referred to Ben in the audience, saying he "partnered me in the movie and who now partners me in life." Javier Bardem also paid tribute to his wife, Penelope Cruz, when he accepted the International Star Award. She didn't walk the red carpet with him, but was reportedly backstage to lend her support as he picked up the honor. The Biutiful actor said he intended to "share this with my love, with Penelope, because of the great human being she is. She is a gift. She is a present. . . Thank you. I love you." Ben Affleck, who served as this year's festival chairman, also gave Jennifer Garner a lighthearted shout-out. Check out today's PopSugar Rush to see our interviews with gala attendees including Natalie, Javier, and James Franco!
Ben, Natalie, Javier, Carey, Jake, and More Heat Up the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala's Red Carpet
The red carpet at Saturday evening's Palm Springs International Film Festival gala was a who's who of award season contenders. Ben Affleck was there to pick up the chairman honor, joining other stars like Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, Carey Mulligan, and Jake Gyllenhaal. James Franco, who has garnered several major nominations for his work in 127 Hours, also made an appearance. He told us he spent the early part of his day in LA with his Oscar cohost Anne Hathaway prepping for the big show on Feb. 27 — however, he promised that he's not nervous about the gig! Natalie Portman also opened up about her role in Black Swan while showing off her growing baby bump in a short dress. She said being both pregnant and engaged is keeping her "calm" and "happy" as she makes the award show rounds. Check out today's PopSugar Rush to see more of our gala coverage and all our interviews from the red carpet!