Spotted: Mariah Scores Award, Delivers Amazing Speech At Palm Springs Film Festival

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Each new year brings a new movie awards season, and frontrunners like “Up in the Air,” “Avatar” and “Precious” are already collecting wins. The latter was honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival — specifically for the performance of Mariah Carey, who scored the prize for Breakthrough Actress at Tuesday (January 5) night’s ceremony. When she received her statuette, she gave a rather … inspired acceptance speech. Director Lee Daniels handed her the award and said, “For you Mariah! Kitten!” To which Mimi responded, “I don’t think they understand the kitten-cotton thing.” She spent the next two minutes talking about reading “Push” (the novel upon which “Precious” is based), her excitement over meeting Helen Mirren and applauding Daniels for his work on the film. It was a big hit inside the building, summed up by a pair of tweets from screenwriter Diablo Cody: “Mariah Carey just gave the most awesome acceptance speech of all time. Someone else will probably describe it better than I can. Wow.”

Mariah wasn’t the only person celebrating film last night, as Anna Kendrick also showed in Palm Springs and Pete Wentz visited the premiere of “Youth in Revolt.” Click here for these photos as well as the entire “Spotted!” archive, which contains over 300 candid shots of stars like Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Adam Lambert, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Ke$ha, Rihanna and Kanye West!