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Palm trees and mountains set the stage for a glamorous entrance at the gala for the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival over the weekend.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Tom Hanks, starring in "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Captain Phillips," makes his way to the film festival gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Guests head to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Julia Roberts, starring in "August: Osage County," greets "American Hustle's" Bradley Cooper on the red carpet of the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Julia Roberts, from the film "August: Osage County," greets fans before walking the red carpet at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Alfre Woodard, who stars in the film "12 Years a Slave," arrives with energy at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Guests arrive for the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala. The festival will feature nearly 200 films from 60 countries.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

"American Hustle's" Elisabeth Rohm makes her way to the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

A crowd gathers to see guests arrive for the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Matthew McConaughey, who stars in the critically acclaimed "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Mud," knows how to make an entrance at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

U2's Bono and the Edge buddy up at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Paul Silverstein, 78, left, and Alan Salzman, 80, part-time residents of Palm Desert, wait in line for a screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday. Silverstein, from Minneapolis, and Salzman of Ryebrook, N.Y., have been attending the festival for 10 years and started using chairs about five years ago when, they say, they got too old to be standing for so long.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Movie fans convene inside the Regal Palm Springs Stadium 9, one of several venues for films being shown during the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

People line up to take pictures with the "Forever Marilyn" statue by Seward Johnson that's been attracting festival-goers in Palm Springs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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The Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala or as Tom Hanks called it, “This little, intimate, Sonny Bono rec-room chicken dinner get-together for two-and-a-half-thousand people,” took place Saturday night. Meryl Streep picked up an award. So did Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey, among others.

And though they were all seated within a few feet of one another in the airport hangar-sized Palm Springs Convention Center, these Hollywood stars were more or less allowed to eat their pot-roast dinner in peace.

That’s because Bono was in the house.

Read the full story: Palm Springs Film Festival: Pride (in the name of awards)

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