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U2 will be presented with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at The Palm Springs Film Festival awards gala on Jan. 4. The festival will be taking place from Jan. 3-13.
Variety reported that the award is normally given to a film director but for the 25th anniversary of the awards ceremony the festival officials decided to do something different.
Festival chairman Harold Matzner, spoke about the reasoning behind selecting U2 to win this award. “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 Matzner.
U2 also just celebrated a nomination from the Golden Globes for their original song, "Ordinary Love," which is featured in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Othere awards presented will be Director of the Year Award to Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave and Breakthrough Performance Award to Lupita Nyong'o for her acting in the same film, The Hollywood Reporter added.
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