No, that is not a typo. And hey, why not?
By Perez Mills
Some days we write the newzzz, some days it writes itself… The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Bono with the Bono Visionary Award… okay, to technically it’s U2 receiving the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala, but we like our headline better. 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. It will be held this Saturday, January 4 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.”