<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity"

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'Gravity' wins four from North Texas film critics

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sandra Bullock take top acting honors

The North Texas Film Critics Association has declared Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" the year's best film. The space drama also received prizes for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Cinematography. Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Jared Leto ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle" rounded out the acting victories. Check out the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of it all via The Circuit.

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;&nbsp;helmer Steve McQueen receives the Director of the Year Award from star Chiwetel Ejiofor.</p>

"12 Years a Slave" helmer Steve McQueen receives the Director of the Year Award from star Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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Hanks, McConaughey and more take stock of a great year for movies at Palm Springs awards gala

The awards season dives headlong into the new year

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala was held Saturday night and a wide array of stars came out to fete and be feted. Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Jane Fonda, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Oldman, U2's Bono, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep were just a few on hand as the Oscar season dived headlong into the new year.

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<p>Bono speaks at the 25th annual&nbsp;Palm Springs International&nbsp;Film&nbsp;Festival Awards&nbsp;Gala</p>

Bono speaks at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala

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U2's Bono speaks out on Nelson Mandela and HIV/AIDS intervention at Palm Springs gala

'We are within reach of declaring the first AIDS-free generation.'

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — As part of the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's awards gala Saturday night, rock superstars U2 were recognized with the organization's Visionary Award, the first time the honor has not gone to a filmmaker. The band, whose original song "Ordinary Love" is featured in the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" have long been associated with activism, particularly in the realm of AIDS intervention and awareness (a cause dear to Nelson Mandela's heart), and in accepting the honor with bandmate Edge at the Palm Springs Convention Center, lead singer Bono took the opportunity to speak at length about the work being done domestically and internationally. What follows is the entirety of his speech.

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'American Hustle' and 'August: Osage County' stars rule the Palm Springs Gala red carpet

'American Hustle' and 'August: Osage County' stars rule the Palm Springs Gala red carpet

Plus: Sandra Bullock, Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks and more

A slew of former Oscar winners and nominees headed to the desert for the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards gala Saturday evening.  The reason for the 2 hour plus ride from Los Angeles? Well, almost all of the famous faces on hand are hoping to earn Academy Award nominations later this month or assist a specific film in landing a best picture nod.  It's become a staple on the awards season circuit and one reason stars from "American Hustle," "12 Years A Slave," "August: Osage County" and "Gravity" were on hand.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's &quot;American Hustle.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lawrence in David O. Russell's "American Hustle."

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'Inside Llewyn Davis' dominates National Society of Film Critics honors

Another win for 'Spring Breakers' star James Franco

The National Society of Film Critics announced its 2013 honorees this afternoon and gave a much needed boost to the Oscar nomination chances for "Inside Llewyn Davis." 

"Davis" earned best film, best director (Joel and Ethan Coen), best actor (Oscar Isaac) and best cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel) honors. The NFSC also gave kudos to "American Hustle's" Jennifer Lawrence for best supporting actress and "Spring Breakers'" James Franco for best supporting actor.  Cate Blanchett once again won another best actress honor for "Blue Jasmine."

The NSFC has over 60 members from publications around the nation and their choices have historically not always lineup with their own local critics groups. The past five previous best film winners include "Amour," "Melancholia," "The Social Network," "The Hurt Locker" and "Waltz with Bashir."  "The Hurt Locker" and "Million Dollar Baby" are the only films the organization has chosen as best film that also won the Oscar for best picture in the past 20 years. You can find a somewhat dated list of the membership on their official website here.

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25 most anticipated prestige films of 2014: 'Inherent Vice,' 'Nymphomaniac,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

25 most anticipated prestige films of 2014: 'Inherent Vice,' 'Nymphomaniac,' 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Which auteur pieces and likely festival items have us excited?

Earlier this week, Kris, Greg and Drew put their heads together to compile a list of their 25 most anticipated films of 2014. It was certainly a fine, blockbuster-heavy list, but the cinematic buffet ahead of us stretches a lot further than just 25 films -- so we decided there was room for another list, focusing slightly more on the year's more specialist options.

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<p>On the set of &quot;All is Lost&quot;</p>

On the set of "All is Lost"

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Exclusive: Dive behind the scenes of 'All is Lost'

Below the line principals detail the journey of bringing the film to life

"We've done pretty much all you can do to a boat," director J.C. Chandor says of his latest film "All is Lost" in an exclusive featurette we're premiering for you today. And indeed, the production of this film was a substantial undertaking from a crafts standpoint and it's a treat to see all of the principals in one video giving their perspective on the film.

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"Lone Survivor"

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'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'Lone Survivor,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' land WGA nominations

'Gravity' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis' miss, '12 Years a Slave' ineligible

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced this year's list of narrative and documentary feature screenplay nominees, and given the wave of ineligibilities, which included such Oscar players as "12 Years a Slave," "Philomena" and "Fruitvale Station," it was a much smaller crop for the guild to choose from.

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<p>Spike Jonze (center) and&nbsp;Hoyte Van&nbsp;Hoytema (right) on the set of &quot;Her&quot;</p>

Spike Jonze (center) and Hoyte Van Hoytema (right) on the set of "Her"

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Cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema on capturing Spike Jonze's 'Her' through a non-dystopian lens

Also: What can we expect from Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar?'

Hoyte Van Hoytema hit most cinephiles' radar in 2008 with the Swedish horror film "Let the Right One In." It was a dazzling display, a crystalline vision from director Tomas Alfredson aided by rich visuals that found Van Hoytema's work prominently recognized in an annual In Contention feature celebrating the greatest images in cinematography (and again a few years later.)

From there, the director of photography made his move into domestic features as David O. Russell — who has an eye for top cinematography talent, from Newton Thomas Sigel to Peter Deming to Masanobu Takayanagi — tapped him for the award-winning "The Fighter" in 2010. He kept the Alfredson partnership going with the director's 2011 English-language debut "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and in 2013 found himself collaborating with Spike Jonze on the critically acclaimed "Her."

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<p>&quot;The Notebook&quot;</p>

"The Notebook"

Credit: Sony Classics

Roundup: Sony Classics back in the foreign Oscar race with 'The Notebook'

Also: How 2013 was a lean year for female directors

Sony Pictures Classics is usually the dominant force in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race -- they've won the award for the last four years running. But they took a knock when the Academy unveiled the nine-film shortlist last month: with "The Past" and "Wadjda" failing to make the cut, the savvy campaigners were left without a contender in the hunt. Until now. SPC has picked up one of the two distributor-less titles on the list, Hungary's hard-edged Holocaust drama "The Notebook." It was already a strong nomination possibility, given the Academy's seemingly tireless taste for films on that era. Now that it has Sony's undivided attention in this competitive category, however, it's a formidable threat. [Deadline

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