The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present U2 with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and the cast of American Hustle. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4th at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 3-13, 2014.
“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,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “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 Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2014 Sonny Bono Visionary Award to U2.”
“The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present the 2014 Sonny Bono Visionary Award to U2.”
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom chronicles the inspirational life of Nelson Mandela as an international icon and one of the world’s most revered leaders. The Weinstein Company film is directed by Justin Chadwick and adapted by Academy Award nominated screenwriter William Nicholson, the film spans Mandela’s exceptional life journey from his early years as a herd boy in South Africa’s rural Cape region, to his days as a lawyer and Apartheid resistance leader, and on to his twenty-seven years spent in Robben Island prison before becoming the nation’s first democratically elected President. Acclaimed actor Idris Elba stars, with Naomie Harris playing the role of his wife Winnie Mandela, with whom he shared a passionate and troubled love affair that endured over decades. A stellar South African supporting cast is headlined by Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Fana Mokoena, Jamie Bartlett, Deon Lotz, Simo Mogwaza, Terry Pheto, Thapelo Mokoena, and Praise Singer and Poet of the Nation, Zolani Mkiva.
The song “Ordinary Love” from the film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the Best Original Song category for a Motion Picture, as well as a nominee for Best Song from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics Choice Movie Awards.
U2 was a previous Oscar nominee for “The Hands That Built America” from the Gangs of New York. U2 band members include Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.
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