Following the opening of the 19th annual Palm Springs Film Festival on January 4, the teen pregnancy drama "" was honored with Chairman's Vanguard Award in the black tie awards gala for the festival held the following day (Jan 05) at the Palm Springs Convention Center, California. In the gala, the film's director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and its cast, including and , was presented with the award by . It was given the honor since the PSIFF believes the movie is one of the most innovative films.
Earlier, Festival Chairman Earl Greenburg revealed the reason stating, "After screening Juno, I knew the Festival had to honor this film with the Vanguard Award. Jason Reitman's film is one of the most innovative from this year and we are very excited to recognize him along with the writer Diablo Cody and the cast members with this achievement." Further, he added "Currently we expect cast members Ellen Page, Jason Bateman, and to attend the Festival to accept the award along with Reitman and Diablo."