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'Les Mis' Director Tom Hooper and 'Life of Pi' Composer Mychael Danna Honored at Palm Springs Fest

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 18, 2012 at 1:21PM

The Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival continues to announce awards leading up to its 24th edition, running January 3-14. Director Top Hooper will be honored with their Sonny Bono Visionary Award, while Mychael Danna will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing.
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The Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival continues to announce awards leading up to its 24th edition, running January 3-14. Director Top Hooper will be honored with their Sonny Bono Visionary Award, while Mychael Danna will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. They will both be presented with their awards at the Janaury 5 gala. Previously announced honorees include "Argo," Richard Gere, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Robert Zemeckis.

"Tom Hooper brilliantly transforms the classic stage musical Les Misérables into a cinema marvel,” says fest chairman Harold Matzner, adding that “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." Hooper's film is also contending for four Golden Globe awards, and has placed on several Ten Best lists, including AFI and The National Board of Review. He joins past Sonny Bono Award recipients Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, Michel Hazanavicius, Baz Luhrmann and Gus Van Sant.
 
Of Danna, Matzner states "His score for Life of Pi takes you on an emotional journey that plays off the 3-D visuals director Ang Lee created." Danna and Lee have worked together three times; they also collaborated for "The Ice Storm" and "Ride with the Devil." Past recipients of the Frederick Loewe Award include T Bone Burnett, Alexandre Desplat, Danny Elfman, Randy Newman and Diane Warren.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.