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Saturday night was the self-congratulatory free-for-all otherwise known as the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards and damn if they didn't deserve it. Now in its 24th year, both the festival and the gala have all the earmarks of maturity and success -- and there was nothing self evident about either achievement.  As Mary Bono Mack pointed out from the stage of the Palm Springs Convention Center to the audience of some 2,000 -- a mix of sequin-clad locals and soberly dressed film-industry folk ranging from Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov (supporting "Argo," which received an award for its cast) to Adopt Films' Jeff Lipsky (supporting his whopping five foreign-langage films programmed at the festival) -- the festival and the gala as "first-class extravaganza" were the vision of her late husband, Sonny Bono (Saturday night also marked the 15th anniversary of his death).  Now the gala is an established Oscar bellwether (and one. »

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