Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Garfield: Co-stars keep me calm

Andrew Garfield finds the red carpet daunting

Andrew Garfield has said having his co-stars from The Social Network around him helps quell his red carpet nerves.

The British actor - who has just been shortlisted for this year's Bafta rising star award - joined his fellow cast members Jesse Eisenberg and Armie Hammer to pick up the ensemble performance award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

"I think the fact that we all have each other means a great deal...it is like a nice little travelling theatre group," Andrew said.

"These events are a great honour. But they're also nerve-wracking. It's incredibly intimidating to be in front of a wall of lights for even a minute."

Also attending the awards were The King's Speech star Colin Firth, who received the Desert Palm achievement actor award, and James Franco, who presented his 127 Hours director Danny Boyle with the Sonny Bono visionary award.

Javier Bardem was honoured with the festival's international star award for Biutiful, while Ben Affleck, who co-wrote, directed and stars in The Town, picked up the chairman's award.

Mum-to-be Natalie Portman, whose tiny baby bump was just visible under her beige and black cocktail dress, was Desert Palm actress winner for her role in Black Swan.

"Actually, I feel very calm," she revealed.

"I feel so lucky and happy. I'm very grateful to have my personal life be in such a lucky place right now."

Winter's Bone star Jennifer Lawrence was given the night's rising star gong and veteran actor Robert Duvall picked up the career achievement award.

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