'Les Mis' helmer receives Sonny Bono Visionary award

The Palm Springs Film Festival has added Richard Gere, Tom Hooper and Mychael Danna as honorees.

Gere will be feted for his role in “Arbitrage” with the Chairman’s Award. “Throughout his career Richard Gere has established himself as an accomplished actor and producer and yet still finds time to support crucial cultural and humanitarian causes,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner.

“The King’s Speech” helmer Hooper will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary award for “creative innovations in filmmaking” and his directing of “Les Miserables.”

“By asking his amazing cast of actors to sing live on film, Hooper allows them to connect even further with their characters, resulting in emotional powerhouse performances,” said Matzner.

“Life of Pi” composer Danna will be honored with the Frederick Loewe award for film composing. “His score for ‘Life of Pi’ takes you on an emotional journey that plays off the 3D visuals director Ang Lee created,” said Matzner.

Honorees will be feted at a Jan. 5 gala. The festival runs Jan. 3-14.

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