Manhattan glitters as Swinton gets top movie honour on the day she turns 53
ROCK icon David Bowie, actor Ralph Fiennes, designer Karl Lagerfeld, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Mayor Michael Bloomberg were just a few of the celebrities who paid tribute to the Scottish actress at the sixth annual MoMA Film Benefit.
Yesterday was also her 53rd birthday but the glittering gala was to acknowledge her contribution to cinema.
"I'm a film nerd," Swinton told the crowd, explaining her choice of career. "I continue to do it simply because I continue to believe that film is good for the soul."
The star, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for Michael Clayton in 2007, is also known for her fashion sense, and she wore Chanel, which sponsored the evening - flowing white trousers and a light gray tweed jacket. Director Wes Anderson described Swinton's pale, ethereal look as "almost the colour of a cloud."