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Palm Springs to honour Bullock

Sandra Bullock, riding high on critical acclaim for her role in the global hit Gravity, will receive the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s (PSIFF) Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress.

The awards ceremony will take place on January 4. Bullock won the Oscar for The Blind Side in 2010 and recently starred in summer hit The Heat.

As previously announced, Dallas Buyers Club star Matthew McConaughey will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.

“Sandra Bullock is the epitome of cinematic talent and versatility,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “In her latest and arguably most demanding role as first-time astronaut Dr Ryan Stone in Gravity, Bullock faces the primal nightmare of being stranded in space with no apparent way of returning.  

“Throughout the entire film, her determination to survive is masterfully portrayed.”

Previous actress recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams. 

The festival runs from January 3-13 2014.

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