|U2 (Adam Clayton, left, the Edge, Larry Mullen Jr. and Bono) will receive the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival's Sonny Bono Visionary Award. (Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times / December 29, 2013)|
The members of U2 — Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. — are the recipients of the 25th Palm Springs International Film Festival's Sonny Bono Visionary Award. The group will be present to accept the honor named after the founder of the film festival at the awards gala Saturday at the Palm Springs Convention Center, a spokesman for the event said.
The film festival runs Friday through Jan. 14.
"We normally present the Sonny Bono Visionary Award to a director, but for the 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 in a statement.
U2 has been nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Movie Award for the song "Ordinary Love" from the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." U2 earned an Oscar nomination for the tune "The Hands That Built America" from Martin Scorsese's 2002 drama, "Gangs of New York."
Palm Springs honorees will include Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep.