Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck, Sally Field, Richard Gere celebrated at Palm Springs Film Festival

By Daniel S Levine,

If A-listers needed a warm-up before Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet, they got it at Sunday’s Palm Springs International Film Festival, where stars like Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper and Sally Field were honored for their work.

Cooper was honored for his work in David O.Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, winning the Desert Palm Achievement Actor Award. The experience is “incredible. I remember watching the photographs of David O. Russell winning last year here for The Fighter with Mark [Wahlberg] and Amy[Adams], and never thinking that I'd be here with him this year for a movie that I love so much. It's incredible,” he told E! News.

Affleck won the Ensemble Performance Award for Argo, which he starred in and directed. The Impossible’s Naomi Watts was there to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award, while Helen Mirren was presented the International Star Award. Arbitrage’s Richard Gere was presented the Chairman's Award.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the real highlight of the night was Lincoln actress Sally Field’s acceptance speech after Martin Sheen presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The two-time Oscar winner, who is a favorite to win another this year, talked about her childhood and start as an actress on Gidget. The show’s producer “looked down in my face and said very seriously, ‘You know, Sally, you can’t change your mind,’” she remembered. “I didn’t know what he was talking about. Change my mind?”

“I didn’t back into becoming an actor -- I was born one,” she added.

The festival was founded by the late Sonny Bono, whose widow, Mary Bono Mack, paid tribute to him on the 15th anniversary of his death.

 
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