Story by: Jack Foley
CLINT Eastwood is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement
award by The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), at a ceremony
on Saturday (January 10, 2004).
According to a report in the Hollywood Reporter, the veteran
actor and director will receive the accolade at the BFCA's annual
Critics' Choice ceremony.
Eastwood, 73, has enjoyed a successful career, both in terms
of acting and directing.
He first started out in front of the camera in the television
series, Rawhide, which helped to earn a name for himself, before
Sergio Leone gave him his film breakthrough, thanks to the spaghetti
westerns, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The
Good, The Bad & The Ugly.
Since then, he has seldom looked back, portraying several screen
icons, such as Dirty Harry and The Outlaw Josey Wales, as well
as picking up an Oscar for his critically-acclaimed western, Unforgiven.
Most recently, he helmed the equally well-received Mystic
River, starring Kevin Bacon, Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, which
has since emerged as a strong Oscar contender.
It has already been nominated for eight Critics' Choice awards,
including two for Eastwood for best director and also best composer,
for his film score, and was named as best film of 2003 by the
US National Board of Review.
In announcing the board's decision to honour Eastwood, BFCA president
Joey Berlin described the star as 'a true giant' of culture.
He continued: "The range of his films and accomplishments
"Clint has personified whole genres as an actor. As a filmmaker,
he has reinvented them. He has thrilled us, made us laugh and
brought us to tears."
Previous recipients of the lifetime honour have been Lauren Bacall
and Robert Wise, who directed The Sound of Music and West Side
At the same ceremony, the BFCA will present its Passion in Film
award to Master and Commander:
The Far Side of the World director, Peter Weir, who is also
seen as a strong Oscar contender.