"Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper and "Life of Pi" composer Mychael Danna are the latest awards-season hopefuls to be added to the slate of honorees at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, PSIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.
The two will join a list of honorees that in recent days has expanded to include Helen Mirren, Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper and Sally Field. Other awards will go to Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts, Robert Zemeckis and the cast of "Argo."
Hooper (left) will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, named in honor of the singer/producer/actor and Palm Springs mayor who launched the festival. Past recipients include Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann and last year's winner, "The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius.
“Tom Hooper brilliantly transforms the classic stage musical 'Les Misérables' into a cinema marvel,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a press release announcing the awards. “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 that are enthralling audiences worldwide."
Danna, who has won acclaim for his score to Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing, a PSIFF honor that in the past has gone to T Bone Burnett, Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman, Randy Newman and Diane Warren.
Danna previously wrote music for Lee's films "The Ice Storm" and "Ride With the Devil." “Mychael Danna is a pioneer in creating original compositions that are as dramatic and innovative as the films in which they are featured,” said Matzner in the release.
PSIFF's Awards Gala will take place on Saturday, Jan. 5, and the festival will run from Jan. 3 through Jan. 14.