PALM SPRINGS — Celebs braved torrential rain to squelch along an extremely soggy red carpet at Saturday night’s Palm Springs Film Festival gala, which honored longtime local resident Kirk Douglas.
“When I came to Hollywood,” Douglas said, accepting a lifetime achievement award, “I wanted to see movie stars. But I didn’t see any movie stars until I came to Palm Springs. And we haven’t changed.”
Nicole Kidman (in the city for the first time), Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Bryce Dallas Howard, helmer Alexander Payne and composer Howard Shore proved him right by turning up to receive various kudos from presenters including Virginia Madsen, Bill Condon and Alejandro Amenabar.
Spacey made the most of the extra time that non-televised awards allow honorees by doing killer impressions of Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon and Bill Clinton — and dared the orchestra to cut him off, Oscars-style.