Gal Gadot, Jessica Chastain, Mary J. Blige and Saoirse Ronan were among the honorees who kicked off the new year at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Tuesday night. Held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the evening attracted a who’s who of this season’s award nominees.
“It’s a lovely event because everyone’s being honored as opposed to it being a contest,” said Ronan, singled out for her “Lady Bird” performance. “It takes the competition out of it and it means that people can actually just come together to celebrate their work and celebrate with fellow filmmakers and people you’ve worked with before. It’s a lovely time to be together and kick off the year.”