Monday, January 08, 2007

Winslet, Pitt films win in Palm Springs

Movie-goers last year may not have noticed the dramas "Babel" and "Little Children," but the films got plenty of attention at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2007 Gala Awards.Both drew multiple honors at Saturday night's festivities in this desert resort city 100 miles east of Los Angeles.

"Babel," which starredBrad Pitt,Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi, took the Ensemble Performance Award. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu took home the director's award for the film, which has struggled at the box office.

Pitt, 43, told Associated Press Television News: "I love the undercurrent of this film, and that is the inability, sometimes, to understand where the other side is coming from."

Inarritu, Barraza, Kikuchi and Pitt are nominated for
Golden Globe Awards, to be handed out Jan. 15, and all said they would attend.

Blanchett accepted the festival's Career Achievement Award. She apologized for making so many movies released in 2006, including "Babel," "Notes on a Scandal" and "The Good German."