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Clint Eastwood to be honoured by Broadcast Film Critics Association

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 is astounding.

"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 Story.

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.

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