Palm Springs Film Fest To Honor U2

U2The band U2 will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival next month, where previously announced fellow honorees include 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. The Sonny Bono honors typically go to directors, but this year will be presented to the rock musicians for their “humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice”. U2 (AKA Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr.) contributes the song “Ordinary Love” to The Weinstein Co.’s 2014 Oscar contender Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which has already notched a Golden Globes nomination for Best Original Song. U2 was previously Oscar-nominated for the song “The Hands That Built America,” written for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.

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  1. The “Sonny Bono Visionary Award”? Wow. What an honour. To be compared to that great visionary Sonny Bono… is this a joke?

  2. Awards season is the silly season…but, that being said, the Palm Springs Festival keeps on getting big names to come and play in the desert.

    And, after all, isn’t that what all of this is about…awards and fun.

    I love the smell of awards in the morning…

    1. FTCS: “I love the smell of awards in the morning…” Thanks for the Monday morning laugh. I thought all of Hollywood’s self-congratulatory “Awards” were about Marketing and Dollar$.

      1. Dear Where’s My Award,

        C’mon, if the awards are all about marketing and dollars I may not be able to take it. Even if this is true, don’t tell anyone. We wouldn’t want to lessen the “Honors” in any way.

        Hollywood needs our love…over and over and over and over and over…

  3. These festival’s just honor whoever they want to come to the festival and meet and great.
    Pitiful really. The Sonny Bono haters are fools, he was a visionary in music, tv and politics. Know your history idiots.

    Now go back to watching the Kardashians and get ready for the lame Britney concert tonight you losers.

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