Tilda Swinton Celebrates Her Birthday With MoMA Fete

Tuesday night as the polls closed on the New York mayoral election, current Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent his evening chatting with Tilda Swinton during the 6th annual Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit cocktail hour. Swinton, the night’s honoree, is the first actress to be feted by the benefit.

Co-chairs Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour, who sat next to each other during the presentation, were joined at cocktails by entertainment and fashion’s elite including Jessica Biel, Sofia Coppola, Zac Posen, Lorde and “12 Years a Slave’s” Lupita Nyong’o.

Chief Curator of Film Rajendra Roy recalled the first time he met Mayor Bloomberg 6 ½ years ago, who told him, “Don’t fuck it up,” which Roy refers to as “four words of inspiration” that have stuck with him.

“I do wake up, Mr. Mayor, and try to live up to your inspiration,” Roy said.

After helmer Bong Joon-ho and actor Ralph Fiennes remarked admiringly on their experiences working with Swinton, a clip reel was played, spanning her career of more than 25 years in film.

“Wow,” Swinton said when she reached the podium to a standing ovation. “What I hope you can’t fail to see is what fun I’ve been having all these years.”

“And it’s my birthday tonight,” Swinton told the aud. “My last birthday party was when I was nine and we had a trampoline, but who knew 53 would top even that.”

(pictured: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Tilda Swinton and MoMA’s Rajendra Roy)

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