The 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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