Tom Hooper, who won an Oscar for directing 2010's "The King's Speech," and composer Mychael Danna ("Life of Pi," "Moneyball") will be honored at the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival's awards gala on Jan. 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
Hooper, whose musical epic "Les Miserables" opens Christmas Day, is the recipient of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. "In his follow-up to the Academy Award-winning film 'The King's Speech,' Tom Hooper brilliantly transforms the classic stage musical 'Les Miserables" into a cinema marvel," said festival chair Harold Matzner.
Danna will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing. Loewe composed the music for such landmark Broadway musicals as "Brigadoon" and "My Fair Lady" and the 1958 film musical "Gigi."
"Mychael Danna is a pioneer in creating original compositions that are as dramatic and innovative as the films in which they are featured," Matzner said.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs Jan. 3-14.