Sandra Bullock will be awarded the Desert Palm Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The "Gravity" star is set to travel to the festival's 25th edition at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 4 to receive the honor alongside Matthew McConaughey.
"Sandra Bullock is the epitome of cinematic talent and versatility," PSIFF festival 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."
Matzner continued, "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."
In doing the role, Bullock had to stay inside a cube covered in thousands of LED lights to simulate the alternating glow of the sun. "It left me closed in a box for 10 hours a day, with no one to talk to, and no life form around me," she told CNN, adding "As alienating and frustrating as it was, being as cumbersome as it was, you knew you were a part of something that no one else had done before. You just sucked it up, and as crabby as I was most days, it worked. I didn't want to be very comfortable, my character wasn't comfortable in space."
In receiving the award, Bullock is following the footsteps of such actresses as Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard and Anne Hathaway. The festival runs from January 3 to 13. McConaughey had been announced earlier as the recipient of Desert Palm Award, Actor.