INTO THE WILD emerged the big winner at the Palm Springs International Film
Festival on Saturday (05Jan08), netting two awards including Director Of The
Year for SEAN PENN.
The movie’s star Emile Hirsch was also honored at the California event –
with the Rising Star/Actor prize for his role as tragic real-life adventurer
Elsewhere, Daniel Day-Lewis collected Actor Of The Year for his performance
in Oscar favourite There Will Be Blood, while Actress Of The Year went to Halle
Berry for her role in Things We Lost In The Fire.
French star Marion Cotillard won the Breakthrough Award for her turn in La
Vie En Rose, and Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky collected the Rising Star/Actress
The Ensemble Performance Award went to the Hairspray cast, while the Juno
cast picked up the Vanguard Award.