Philomena Lee, whose story inspired one of this year’s best picture Oscar nominees, will be feted a few days before the Academy Awards when she is honored with the Everyday Hero award at Unite4:good and Variety’s unite4:humanity event on Feb. 27 on the Sony lot.
Lee is being recognized for her work in helping mothers find lost children due to unwanted adoptions. She and her daughter, Jane Libberton, have started the Philomena Project, a campaign asking Irish authorities to open the files of thousands of children allegedly sold into adoption by the Irish Catholic church. Steve Coogan, who stars in the film and, along with Jeff Pope, is nominated for an adapted screenplay Oscar, will present Lee with the honor.
President Bill Clinton is giving opening remarks at the event. Lee will join five everyday heroes who will be receiving Inspiration Awards for their philanthropic work in local communities in the areas of Arts, Animal Welfare, Environment, Health and Human Services and Youth Development as well as honorees Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Creative Commitment in Television Award), Selena Gomez (Young Humanitarian), Alicia Keys (Music Visionary), Demi Lovato (Young Luminary), Martin Scorsese (Variety Creative Conscience Award), John Sykes (Media Social Visionary).
The evening will also feature a musical set from Lovato and Keys conclude the night with a special performance for all event honorees and attendees.