Tilda Swinton, Honored at MoMA, Gets First Birthday Party Since Age 9

Image: Tilda Swinton, Honored at MoMA, Gets First Birthday Party Since Age 9 From left, designer Karl Lagerfeld, actress Tilda Swinton and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 03:37 PM

By Robin Farmer

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Talk about celebrating a special day in grand style.

Actress Tilda Swinton was honored Tuesday by the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit on her 53rd birthday.

The event marked the first time in 44 years that Swinton enjoyed her birthday with a party, meaning her last birthday bash likely lacked the luminaries and ambiance of MoMA, but did include a trampoline for Tilda, who was 9 at the time, the actress told The Associated Press.

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"But who knew that 53 would top even that?" said the Scottish actress, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for "Michael Clayton" in 2007.

Among those lavishing praise on Swinton were the co-chairs of the event: David Bowie, Ralph Fiennes, Karl Lagerfeld, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Fiennes spoke of the "wisdom and humor" in Swinton's work, and told her: "I think you shine a sharp and uncompromising beam onto your work, " the AP reported.

“I’m a film nerd," Swinton told the crowd, referring to her career choice. "I continue to do it simply because I continue to believe that film is good for the soul."

Wintour praised the stylish Swinton for her taste for film and fashion.

“Her range is extraordinary — it’s quite unusual in an actress of her relatively young years to have done so many different things so brilliantly,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

“She is prepared to go out of what might be traditionally thought of as her comfort zone. I think a lot of actresses today, they may be talented, but they tend to accept — or maybe it’s what they’re offered — similar roles. She just always surprises me with her choices. The same goes for her fashion,” Wintour said.

Swinton, who slept in a glass box earlier this year for a performance at the Museum of Modern Art, will appear in "Snowpiercer," by director Bong Joon-ho.

A montage of Swinton's work was shown, highlighted by clips from "Orlando," ''Burn After Reading," and "Michael Clayton."

Previous recipients of the MoMA film benefit have included such directors Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, and Pedro Almodovar and Quentin Tarantino.

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