U2 To Receive Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.30.2013
For their song on the Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom soundtrack...
U2 are set to be given the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at this weekend's Palm Springs International Film Festival. NME reports that the award, which is usually given to directors, is being given to the band for their song "Ordinary Love," off the film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Festival chairman Harold Matzner said, "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. Their latest song 'Ordinary Love' . . . 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 award has previously been given to filmmakers including Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino and Baz Lurhman.