As part of what is shaping up to be a busy awards season for the actress, Sandra Bullock will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January. The Oscar winner has been receiving strong reviews for her role in "Gravity" and is considered a top contender in this year's lead actress race.
Matthew McConaughey was also recently announced as a recipient of the Desert Palm award at the Palm Springs festival's Jan. 4 awards gala. Past recipients of the actress prize include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams.
Bullock's turn in the sci-fi survival adventure "Gravity," which has been a surprise smash at the box office, comes hot on the heels of her role in the summer female buddy cop comedy "The Heat." Between the two releases, Bullock's films have brought in nearly $400 million at the U.S. box office in 2013.
In his review of Bullock's performance in "Gravity," Times critic Kenneth Turan noted, "through it all her gift for connecting with an audience, so essential for this kind of film, never fails her."
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