Honorees at the Palm Springs Film Festival gala were campaigning and practicing their awards speeches Saturday night.
Chairman of the Board recipient Matt Damon suggested his “The Martian” director Ridley Scott, for instance, was overdue even though he had helmed an Oscar best picture winner in “Gladiator.”
“There are only a handful of master directors on the planet and Ridley is one of them.”
As the last honoree of the night Damon may have felt pressure to wrap up, especially with some empty tables before him.
“There’s a bunch of people I want to thank, but I won’t do it here, I’ll do it privately,” he said.
Celebrities were coming out to sign autographs so fast in the waning moments before they had to be ushered inside, that it created one funny, friendly collision. When Matt Damon was going down the line to his right, and Fassbender was going down the line to his left and they ran into each other.
"Oh, hey!" Damon said as they hugged, drawing laughter and a lot of flash-bulbs from the crowd.