Palm Springs Film Fest: Sandra Bullock to Receive Acting Honor for 'Gravity'

The 49-year-old will be the female recipient of the Desert Palm Achievement Award; "Dallas Buyers Club" star Matthew McConaughey will be the male honoree.

Sandra Bullock will receive the Desert Palm Award, Actress at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, it was announced Friday.

The 49-year-old, who starred this year in the hit drama Gravity -- and the hit comedy The Heat -- will be honored on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center as part of the festival's 25th edition, which runs from Jan. 3-13.

"Sandra Bullock is the epitome of cinematic talent and versatility,” PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “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 To this consummate performer who continues to captivate audiences with her artistry, it is our honor to present the 2014 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Sandra Bullock."

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Past recipients of the award include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams.

The fest previously announced that it will honor Dallas Buyers Club star Matthew McConaughey with this year's Desert Palm Award, Actor. Additional announcements are expected shortly.

Bullock has starred in numerous films -- across genres -- that were highly critically acclaimed and/or commercially successful. These include Jan de Bont's Speed (1994), Jon Turteltaub's While You Were Sleeping (1995), Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill (1996), Forest Whitaker's Hope Floats (1998), Griffin Dunne's Practical Magic (1998), Betty Thomas' 28 Days (2000), Donald Petrie's Miss Congeniality (2000), Callie Khouri's Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), Barbet Schroeder's Murder by Numbers (2002), Marc Lawrence's Two Weeks Notice (2002), Douglas McGrath's Infamous (2006), Alejandro Agresti's The Lake House (2006), Anne Fletcher's The Proposal (2009) and three films that were nominated for the best picture Oscar: Paul Haggis' Crash (2005), John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side (2009) and Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011). Crash took home that prize, and Bullock won the best actress Oscar for The Blind Side.

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