PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) -- Sandra Bullock shared the painful results of Googling herself, Meryl Streep shadowboxed on-stage, and Tom Hanks braced for awards season's "celebrity mule train" at the year's first glitzy Hollywood gala.
Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper were among the stars who cracked jokes and praised one another Saturday night at the opening of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It's a desert warmup of sorts for more closely-watched industry events in coming months.
Honors were announced well in advance and the ceremony wasn't televised, lessening pressure on winners and allowing for sometimes lengthy acceptance speeches.
Many of the Palm Springs honorees will reunite at the Golden Globes next weekend in Beverly Hills and the Screen Actors Guild awards the following weekend.