Everybody's a winner in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara

Wanna hold a film festival that will draw scads of A-list stars? Simple. Just give everyone awards!

The  upcoming 17th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival and the 21st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be major star-studded events. Both fests are growing in stature thanks, at least in part, to prominent actors and filmmakers who pop by to pick up an award and get a nice visibility boost in the weeks leading up to the Oscars.

Golden Globe nominees David Cronenberg ("A History of Violence"), Jake Gyllenhaal, ("Brokeback Mountain") Felicity Huffman ("Transamerica"), Terrence Howard ("Hustle & Flow"), Charlize Theron ("North Country") and Shirley MacLaine, ("In Her Shoes") will all be honored on Jan. 7 at the PSIFF Gala Awards. The fest runs Jan 5-16.

The SBIFFl (Feb-2-12) has announced the most impressive talent roster in its history. Receiving honors during the fest: Golden Globe nominees George Clooney ("Good Night, and Good Luck," "Syriana"), Heath Ledger ("Brokeback Mountain")", Naomi Watts ("King Kong"), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote"), and James Cameron. Who? Cameron. Remember his Oscar speech, "I'm king of the world?"

Curious about what award goes to which star? Thought so.

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