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Harrison Ford to Receive Career Achievement Honor at Hollywood Film Awards (Exclusive)

The 71-year-old scored rave reviews and best supporting actor Oscar buzz this spring for his portrayal of the late Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey in "42."

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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford, the star of some of the most important and popular films in Hollywood history, will receive the Hollywood Career Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards -- the first awards show of the 2013 season -- on Oct. 21 at the Beverly Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. (The Hollywood Film Awards is owned by affiliates of THR parent company Guggenheim Partners.)

Previous recipients of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award include Kirk Douglas (1997), Shelley Winters (1998), Jack Lemmon (1999), Richard Dreyfuss (2000), John Travolta (2004), Diane Keaton (2005), Robin Williams (2006), Dustin Hoffman (2008), Sylvester Stallone (2010), Glenn Close (2011) and Richard Gere (2012).

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Ford, 71, has starred in numerous all-time classics including: George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973), Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and The Return of the Jedi (1983), as well as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979), Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982), Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Peter Weir's Witness (1985), Mike Nichols' Working Girl (1988), Philip Noyce's Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), Andrew Davis' The Fugitive (1993) and Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One (1997). His films have collectively grossed more money than all but four other people ever, Tom Hanks, Eddie Murphy, Morgan Freeman and Samuel L. Jackson.

This spring, Ford earned rave reviews for his portrayal of the late Brooklyn Dodgers' owner Branch Rickey, who was instrumental in the racial-integration of Major League Baseball, in Brian Helgeland's 42, and he is now a serious contender for a best supporting actor Oscar nomination. (Ford's only previous Oscar nom came in the best actor category 28 years ago for Witness; he lost to William Hurt for Kiss of the Spider Woman.)

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The Hollywood Film Awards are determined by founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory committee. Last month, the Hollywood Film Awards and Dick Clark Productions, which also produced the Golden Globe Awards, entered into a partnership that could lead to the ceremony being televised in future years. Over the past 10 years, Hollywood Film Awards honorees went on to garner a total of 96 Oscar nominations and 34 Oscars.

De Abreu tells THR, “It is a great honor to be able to celebrate Harrison Ford’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career."

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