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Rock band U2 will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, it was announced Monday. The group’s song, “Ordinary Love,” heard in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, has been nominated for the best original song Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards and is considered a top contender for the best original song Oscar.
The award, named after the late pop star-turned-politician who founded the fest, will be presented on Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center as part of the festival’s 25th edition, which runs from Jan. 3-13. The members of U2 — Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. — are expected to accept the award in-person.
“We normally present the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to a director, but for our 25th anniversary we wanted to take the occasion to celebrate U2, a visionary group and the world’s premier rock band, for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice,” festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “Their latest song ‘Ordinary Love’ from the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is an ode to Nelson Mandela, who had such a powerful impact on our world, and a man whom the band worked with in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.”
The fest previously announced that it will honor 12 Years a Slave‘s helmer Steve McQueen with its Director of the Year Award and supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o with its Breakthrough Performance Award; Captain Phillips‘ lead actor/Saving Mr. Banks‘ supporting actor Tom Hanks with its Chairman’s Award; August: Osage County‘s lead actress Meryl Streep with its Icon Award; Dallas Buyers Club‘s lead actor Matthew McConaughey with its Desert Palm Award, Actor; Gravity‘s lead actress Sandra Bullock with its Desert Palm Award, Actress; August: Osage County‘s supporting actress Julia Roberts with its Spotlight Award; Saving Mr. Banks‘ composer Thomas Newman with its Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing; and Nebraska‘s Bruce Dern with its Career Achievement Award.
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