Eastwood set for MPAA's inaugural Valenti Award

Lauds caring, commitment to others

Hollywood impresario Clint Eastwood is the inaugural recipient of the MPAA's Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award and will receive the award Tuesday, the trade association said Thursday.

The award — to be presented annually to an individual in the motion picture industry whose work has reached out positively and respectfully to all countries, creeds and cultures — will be presented at a private dinner capping a first-of-its-kind daylong industry symposium called the Business of Show Business. The award is named after the longtime chief of the MPAA who retired in 2004.

"The MPAA is thrilled to recognize as its inaugural recipient Mr. Clint Eastwood, who for decades has exemplified the decency and goodness of spirit in his moviemaking," MPAA chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said. "His two acclaimed movies about World War II's infamous battle at Iwo Jima present a re-markable work of looking at both sides of a moment in history and providing a commentary on its impact in the lives of those who experienced it. These films exemplify the true power of movies to tell human stories and inspire national conversation."

A recipient of the Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award must be an individual working in the motion picture industry who exemplifies the spirit of caring and commitment to others embodied in the award's namesake. Recipients will possess an unwavering dedication and respect for the dignity of others.

"To me, this award rises above the ordinary," said Valenti, who is 85. "My only response is wrapped in humility and a pride wherein any words of mine are insufficient to illuminate what I feel — though it is kind of nice to have an award named after me while I'm still alive. That's cheerfully optimistic."