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Actress Sandra Bullock. Photo:  Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Actress Sandra Bullock. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Actress Sandra Bullock. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

SANDRA Bullock shared the painful results of Googling herself, Meryl Streep shadowboxed on-stage, and Tom Hanks braced himself for awards season's "celebrity mule train" at the year's first glitzy Hollywood gala.

Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams (inset) and Bradley Cooper were among the stars who cracked jokes and praised one another at the opening of the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday.

U2's Bono spoke passionately about artist activism and the fight against AIDS, while Bruce Dern revelled in industry praise for his film Nebraska.

Bullock (pictured right with Julia Roberts), also nominated for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe awards for her performance as an astronaut in Gravity, delighted the crowd by reading online comments about herself.

"Julia (Roberts), apparently you and I are in a dispute over George Clooney.

"We talked about this. It's shared custody and we both are fine with it," she joked.

McConaughey, honoured for his lead role in Dallas Buyers Club reflected on "a sensational year of acting".

Streep, who is also up for Globe and SAG honours, was given the festival's icon award.

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