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LONDON – Oscar winner Helen Hunt is to be the first female honoree of the Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye Award for her outstanding acting career.
Hunt, who won an Academy award for her turn opposite Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets, is to be honored in the Swiss city Sept. 21 with the award.
The plan, organizers said, is to pay her tribute before unspooling her latest movie, The Sessions, directed by Ben Lewin and also starring William H. Macy.
The festival also plans to screen a retrospective of Hunt’s work including As Good As It Gets, What Women Want and Then She Found Me.
Hunt also co-wrote, directed and co-produced Then She Found Me in 2007 as well as starring in it alongside Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler.
Most recently, Hunt completed work on Steven Bernstein’s Decoding Annie Parker with Samantha Morton.
She has also directed television episodes of Mad About You, The Paul Reiser Show and most recently an upcoming installment of Showtime’s Californication
Other Hollywood elite making the trip to Switzerland this year include Richard Gere who will pick up his own Golden Eye lifetime achievement award, Ocean’s Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub, another Golden Eye recipient and Shawshank Redemption director Frank Darabont, who will head up the festival’s international jury.
The 2012 Zurich Film Festival runs Sept. 20-30.?
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