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After years of pandemic-necessary calendar shifts, outright cancellations, and toned-down events, awards season is back in full force. One dependably early season event that just made its triumphant return, more or less in business-as-usual mode: the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s annual Film Awards Gala.

Launching even before the Golden Globes (and following both the Gothams and the NYFCC gala), the annual event has long been considered as a friendly space for Oscar nomination frontrunners to work out their skills giving an acceptance speech in front of a large audience at the Palm Springs Convention Center — an audience that just so happens to include a sizable amount of Academy members.

For its first show since January 2020 (and the 34th overall) the PSIFF Film Awards Gala on Thursday evening not only handed out trophies to 2022 favorites like Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) and Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”), it also brought in several Best Supporting Actor and Actress contenders like “Causeway” star Brian Tyree Henry, “The Whale” star Hong Chau, and “Everything Everywhere All at Once” stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu, plus Best Adapted Screenplay contender Kazuo Ishiguro (“Living”) to present said awards to them.

Though talent mostly avoided roaming the pre-reception, a stroll through the sea of attendees provided plenty of eavesdropping fodder as to which 2022 films the crowd personally thought were best (enter: plenty of talk about “Elvis,” “Women Talking,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” and even “Babylon”).

Before and even during the show, attendees were treated to glimpses of stars interacting with each other, from reunions (like filmmaker Sarah Polley walking over to “The Fabelmans” table to say hello to her “Take This Waltz” stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen) or new connections (like Paul Dano heading over to “Living” star Bill Nighy, the night’s International Star Award, Actor recipient, to make an introduction).

When the official show finally began, there was already new blood on stage: first-time hosts Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner took the place of fellow “Entertainment Tonight” personality Mary Hart, who had the gig for 19 years but was said to have skipped this year because of scheduling issues.

The first award was given to Danielle Deadwyler for her work in “Till.” As she accepted her Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress, the rising star set a trend for the night, using the setting as inspiration for her speech, comparing her film to the fruits of the palm trees lining the city streets and calling the long-in-the-making cinematic retelling of the Emmett Till injustice “a fruit that’s long been waiting to ripen.”

Polley, who won Director of the Year for her work on “Women Talking,” delightfully recapped an email she sent to her fellow producers when she learned she was to receive the award: “Gee, ​​I’m obsessed with Palm Springs and have tried to crash into this gala before, [but] I have failed. No more!”

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Baz Luhrmann presents Austin Butler with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 34th Annual Palm Springs International Film Awards

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It was “Elvis” star Austin Butler, however, while accepting Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor, who got the most cheers by shouting out the Palm Springs Tennis Club, which he said was the destination for “the only vacation my family and I had [gone] on” every other year as a kid.

If there were a main character at the ceremony, it had to be Butler, who also was the butt of well-meaning jokes, like Frazier teasing Turner about him being her celebrity crush or PSIFF Board of Directors member Garry Kief cracking that he has “shirts older than he is.” Plus, young “Fabelmans” actresses Julia Butters and Keeley Karsten are clearly also big fans, gasping as he walked past their table, and shooting videos of his speech.

Later, Cate Blanchett pulled double duty by accepting the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress for her work on “TÀR,” and then presenting Viola Davis the Chairman’s Award for her work on “The Woman King.”

When she was on the receiving end, Blanchett was presented her award by Curtis, who happens to be her co-star in the upcoming video game adaptation “Borderlands.” The pair’s zippy back-and-forth garnered the most laughs of the night, first with Curtis saying that she said yes to the gig on the condition they drive from LA to the ceremony together, “which immediately became an achievement competition of its own, as she claims to be a great driver and I had to remind her that I am born and raised in the fucking City of Angels. Driving is one of my fucking top three. I’ve driven to Palm Springs and back high and not high!”

But when Blanchett got on stage, it was time for her to tell her side of the story, joking that Curtis told “me this about what I should wear, and she comes out in her bra and knickers. This is why we nearly missed tonight’s event.”

Of course, other people had laugh lines, like “The Whale” star Brendan Fraser comparing the statue to “Monkeybone” when accepting the Spotlight Award or “The Banshees of Inisherin” star Farrell using his Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor acceptance speech to urge people to search videos of presenter Sam Rockwell dancing. Elsewhere, “Living” star Bill Nighy accepted the International Star Award, Actor with a winking, “I wish I’d known that things were going to turn out like this, I would have raised to be more cheerful in my early life!” Later, Yeoh called the “Everything Everywhere All at Once” cast and crew “the cream cheese, lox, and capers to my everything bagel.” (A holy compliment, indeed.)

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Viola Davis accepts the Chairman’s Award at the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Awards

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Back again, Blanchett drummed up excitement when she used her speech introducing Davis as an audition to work with her, even going as far in her fangirl admiration to share, “I want some of her sass, I want some of her ass.” Davis was game, and she opened her own speech by telling Blanchett, “I would love to work with you, but you can’t have my ass.” Jocularity behind her, the beloved actress then proceeded to captivate the audience with powerful words about the difficult challenges she overcame as a dark-skinned Black actress in Hollywood.

The room fell so silent, clearly so enamored by Davis’ speech, that one could hear its echo as she talked about a plaque she bought on vacation that read, “The warrior does not fight because he hates what is in front of him, she fights because she loves what she left behind.”

Threading the anecdote with not only her speech, but Blanchett’s, the actress said, “My fight is nothing if I leave what I love behind, so I forged through, and I kept waiting at 57 years old. That’s what got me through five hours of serious workouts for eight months during ‘The Woman King,’ because I truly believe after playing many roles —  most of them the Black sidekick to many, many, many women who are Caucasian, which I hope is not the movie I make with Miss Cate Blanchett. Just when the caterpillar thought it was dying, it became a butterfly.”

Closing out the night with the longest standing ovation was Steven Spielberg, who was flanked by the main cast of “The Fabelman” as he concluded the event with a poignant, earnest speech accepting the Vanguard Award.

“It always seems to me that moviemaking is about building a community and trying to find the universal and the particular the threads that unite us, and the threads that make us recognizable to each other,” said the legendary director.

Speaking to both the deeply personal film he released last year, and to many of the sentiments that the actors shared accepting their awards, he added, “And when people see themselves in these characters, that is the greatest reward for me.”

Read the full list of winners below. PSIFF runs through Monday, January 15.

Breakthrough Performance Award, Actress: Danielle Deadwyler (“Till”)
Breakthrough Performance Award, Actor: Austin Butler (“Elvis”)
International Star Award, Actress: Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)
International Star Award, Actor: Bill Nighy (“Living”)
Spotlight Award: Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”)
Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress: Cate Blanchett (“TÁR”)
Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor: Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)
Director of the Year: Sarah Polley (“Women Talking”)
Chairman’s Award: Viola Davis (“The Woman King”)
Vanguard Award: Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Gabriel LaBelle, Judd Hirsch, Julia Butters, Sam Rechner, and Keeley Karsten (“The Fabelmans”)


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Title: At Palm Springs’ Annual Film Awards Gala, the Starriest Season (and Its Biggest Names) Is Back
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Festival Report Card: Lightning In A Bottle 2023



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Lightning In A Bottle celebrated its 20th anniversary this Memorial Day with an extra wave of positivity in the air. Attendees were absolutely thriving in each moment and creating memories to last a lifetime.

Lightning In A Bottle is a festival produced by Do LaB, who’s well known for their infamous stage at Coachella. 

This year, Do LaB brought a talented group of musicians, performers, teachers, and talent to Buena Vista Lake in Bakersfield, California. This curated festival provided an opportunity for people to reflect, learn, and grow, and have space to connect with others.

See EDM Maniac‘s Festival Report Card below:

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Vibes: A+

Lightning In A Bottle is known for its transformational energy, and we certainly felt it last weekend. The crowd was flowing with positive vibes and filled with smiles, laughs, hugs, and high fives. Even when sets got crowded, there was no pushing or shoving, and people were constantly saying “excuse me” and making sure to be respectful when passing through. 

Depending on where you were and what activity you were doing, the vibes followed. If you were at the bass stage, the crowd was headbanging and encouraging others to get wild and let loose. If you were at the Woogie, you were moving and grooving with everyone and feeling free.

LSDREAM’s LIGHTCODE was a standout experience of the weekend, with the crowd overflowing past the Thunder stage, but all still experiencing it together. You could see the calmness and tranquility that LSDREAM spread every person who was there.

The sea of people breathed and relaxed to the beat of the drum which created a strong sense of peace and unity that is hard to find anywhere else.

Production: B

The Woogie had multiple platforms for people to dance on, which gave a flowy, trippy vibe to the area, and the speakers at the Woogie were rocking all weekend long.

The Lightning stage was huge and had a large screen for visuals (ahem, Rezz) with lights and lasers, but it would’ve been even better with the addition of pyro or cryo. 

The Thunder stage this year brought the heat, with a huge panel LED screen on the front of the DJ booth, as well as a large LED screen for visuals in the back. Do LaB’s infamous sheets of fabric provided some shade during the day, as well as a truly encapsulating feeling at night.

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Music: B+

Lightning in a Bottle is known to have a diverse lineup of music with various stages for all the genres you could possibly imagine.

The Woogie did not disappoint. We were sad to see Tale of Us have to cancel at the last minute, but the addition of house music legend Lee Burridge kept the party going.

This year’s Woogie lineup featured legends such as LP Giobbi, Purple Disco Machine, Stephan Bodzin, and more. Mary Droppinz brought the boogie to woogie, absolutely throwing down during her daytime set, and Diplo brought some immaculate vibes during the nighttime.

Thunder, the bass stage, had some insane sets throughout the weekend from Liquid Stranger, LSDREAM, TOKiMONSTA, The Glitch Mob, Deathpact, Moore Kismet, and Wreckno. Up-and-coming artist, Hamdi took the stage by storm on Friday playing his new hit single “Counting,” which has gone viral on TikTok.

Lightning, the main stage, had a notable variety of bands, musicians, and DJs playing. Sofi Tukker brought all the energy with their live performance while Rezz hypnotized the crowd with bass.

Let’s talk about the stacks. Although it’s a smaller stage, the talent we saw was insane and constantly giving massive amounts of energy. Snuffy, Ooga, and JordnMoody absolutely blew the stage away with endless supplies of bass and good vibes. The stacks also impressed everyone when Zeke Beats showed up Sunday night as a special guest. 

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Venue: B+

Buena Vista Lake is an interesting venue because some of the grounds are concrete. Do LaB did a phenomenal job of adding woodchips, fake grass, and other elements to make the grounds feel more comfortable. The dust at LIB is unavoidable, so we hope you were wearing your bandana. 

Getting around the grounds was a breeze. It never felt too crowded walking from stage to stage, and there were so many things to stop and see while walking. You could get lost in an art gallery, watch someone create live art, sit down at the sacred fire, get lost in the neon performers at Martian Circus, and so much more.

The roller rink also added a playful and fun environment for people to skate, dance, and groove to some tunes. The lake provided a place for attendees to cool off, and we saw many floaties, toys, and smiles in the water.

Another new addition to LIB provided this year was Wi-Fi, although unfortunately it came at a cost per day, and did not seem to work for many people.  One other thing many people noticed was the drinking water seemed to be slightly cloudy on the first few days, but by the last day seemed to have improved.

The one thing LIB never disappoints with are the activities, places to learn, and space to grow. There were tons of yoga and movement classes. LIB also offers a plethora of learning and culture offerings, talks and discussions with visionaries, experts, and thought leaders, and even culinary classes. 

Overall: B+

Overall, the production at LIB blew us away. There were multiple immersive structures you could walk through and explore, tons of art to see, a large yoga tent with a variety of classes, a sacred fire to sit by, art cars, and many other places and things to explore.

LIB has music everywhere, and for the 20th anniversary of LIB, they didn’t hold back. Every day of the five-day festival was stacked with talent.

The Grand Artique hosted performances all weekend, as well as Beacon, Martian Circus, Junkyard, and Crossroads. The banana art car would also pop up in the middle of nowhere with the best beats. 

LIB truly fosters a place of love, learning, happiness, and peace as well as a place to let loose and dance the night away. 

Featured image credit Sydnee Wilson, second image credit DI Visuals, third image credit Jess Gallo for Atlas Media

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LISTEN: Flosstradamus Unleashes Powerful Trap Anthem “SIDE2SIDE” With TRXGGX



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Flosstradamus, the legendary trap music pioneer, returns with a powerful statement in his latest single “SIDE2SIDE.” Teaming up with TRXGGX, Flosstradamus aims to revitalize the trap genre and culture with an accessible anthem that sets dance floors ablaze. The collaboration merges nostalgic rave vibes with contemporary trap energy, guaranteeing a raging experience for festival-goers. With a revered career and a devoted fan base known as HDYNATION, Flosstradamus continues to leave an indelible mark on the music scene. Get ready to move SIDE2SIDE with this electrifying trap anthem!

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Tom Holland’s Green Obsession: AMI Paris & Prada



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