With the festivities taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the show was emceed for the eighth year by Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart.
As for the honorees, big names including Natalie Portman, the stars of "The Social Network" Carey Mulligan and Ben Affleck all were brought on stage to receive their trophies while Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Helen Mirren and Rashida Jones also turned up for the event.
The complete list of Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala winners were:
CAREY MULLIGAN - Breakthrough Performance Award
JAVIER BARDEM - International Star Award
DIANE WARREN - Frederick Loewe Music Award
DAVID O. RUSSELL - Director of the Year Award
COLIN FIRTH - Desert Palm Achievment Actor Award
DANNY BOYLE - Sonny Bono Visionary Award
NATALIE PORTMAN - Desert Palm Achievment Actress Award