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Anne Hathaway's Hot Desert Night With New Man

Anne Hathaway AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Anne Hathaway is a getting a little more serious with her new man, actor Adam Shulman.

At least enough to bring him to an awards show.

The Golden Globe nominee’s blond beau was at last night’s opening gala of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where Hathaway picked up the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Rachel Getting Married.

The PDA was kept to a minimum—Shulman waited inside the Palm Springs Convention Center ballroom while Hathaway did red carpet arrival press—but...

I did spot them quickly locking lips when Hathaway made her way from their table to the stage to accept her award from her Rachel costar Rosemarie DeWitt.

We’ll assume Shulman, who was first linked to Hathaway in November, has gotten the seal of approval from the family. He spent most of the evening sitting between Hathaway and her brother, Michael.

Hathaway looked absolutely stunning in a black strapless body-hugging Balmain dress, Christian Louboutin shoes and gazillion-dollar Cartier jewels.

Her acceptance speech, however, was a little less pretty. She gave heartfelt thanks to her family and friends (she was especially grateful to her brother for not allowing her to get too “comfortable” as a smoker like Kim, her drug-addict character in Rachel), but then Hathaway proceeded to chatter on about “religious pluralism,” which she read about in The Daily Show and Philosophy: Moments of Zen in the Art of Fake News.

I’m all for having beauty and brains, but note to Anne: Keep the talk about “process metaphysics” out of your acceptance speeches.

Also picking up awards in Palm Springs were Sean Penn, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Dakota Fanning, Amy Adams, the cast of Revolutionary Road, composer Alexandre Desplat and Slumdog Millionaire newcomer Freida Pinto.

Ben Stiller presented Dustin Hoffman with the Chairman’s Award for Career Achievement.

“He’s the reason short Jewish guys are allowed to be leads in the movie,” Stiller cracked about his Meet the Fockers star. “Believe me, there’s a secret society of guys like us who worship his image.”

Josh Brolin said it took him at least two decades to finally work with director Gus Van Sant (the night’s Sony Bono Visionary Award winner) in Milk. He remembered traveling to Van Sant’s hometown, Portland, when he heard he was making My Own Private Idaho.

“What I was going to do was find Gus Van Sant and be discovered by him,” Brolin said. “Gus would see me on the street and go, ‘Oh my God. That’s the guy. He’s perfect. Look at him.’ ”

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