Ron Howard, Ben Stiller attend event

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Thesps Dakota Fanning, Anne Hathaway, Amy Adams and Freida Pinto were the youngsters among the honorees at the 20th Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival gala Jan. 6.

Said a breathless Pinto, clearly basking in her honor for “Slumdog Millionaire,” “I’ve never done this before, so I don’t know how.”

But the ceremony soon turned to honor its vets.

“I think my hair is starting to thin,” mused Ron Howard accepting his lifetime achievement award. The 54-year-old said he was grateful to celebrate his 50th year in the business with “Frost/Nixon.” “I think I have a few more movies in me.”

Introducing the career achievement honoree, Ben Stiller joked, “Dustin Hoffman is 92 years old.” Taking the stage, Hoffman retorted, “Looking around this room, I don’t know what the median age is here, but it ain’t MTV.” After getting the longest standing ovation, Clint Eastwood continued to quip for the senior crowd, “I’d like to thank my wife and daughter, but I’ve forgotten their names.”

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