Tilda Swinton honored at MoMA on 53rd birthday
Actress Tilda Swinton, left, and actor Ralph Fiennes, right, attend the the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton had a birthday party, she told a New York audience on Tuesday, she was nine years old.
"We had a trampoline," she said. "But who knew that 53 would top even that?" Tuesday was not only her 53rd birthday but the occasion of a glittery gala at the Museum of Modern Art, honoring her contribution to cinema.
Among those paying tribute to Swinton were David Bowie, Ralph Fiennes, designer Karl Lagerfeld, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, all of whom co-chaired the event, and other luminaries like director Sofia Coppola, actress Jessica Biel, actress Lupita Nyong'o of "12 Years a Slave," and also New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg — just as Democrat Bill de Blasio was being elected to succeed him as mayor.
Actress Tilda Swinton attends the the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
"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 Scottish actress, 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. Designer (and "Project Runway" host) Zac Posen, one of the guests, called Swinton's fashion style "Impeccable, risky and cutting edge. She's incorporated fashion as an art form, and as a design."