Hollywood Awards to honor Clint Eastwood


Clint Eastwood will be honored as Hollywood Director of the Year at the 12th annual Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards Oct. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Eastwood has two films about to open: "The Changeling," arriving on Oct. 24, and "Gran Torino," in December.

"Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich, is based on an actual incident that rocked California's legal system, involving a mother's quest to find her son.

"Gran Torino" stars Eastwood, in his first film role since "Million Dollar Baby," playing Walt Kowalski, a veteran who is forced by his immigrant neighbors to confront his prejudices.

"Clint Eastwood is truly an American film icon, and his impressive body of work exemplifies his extraordinary ability, craftsmanship and determination as an actor, director and producer," said Carlos de Abreu, founder and exec director of the fest. "He continues to wow audiences with his creative vision as a filmmaker, and we are thrilled to honor him at the Hollywood Awards."

"Just when you think Clint Eastwood is about to take a breath, he shoots two films in a year and starts prepping a third, and barely thinks any of that is worth mentioning. He brings dignity, grace, humility, humor, quiet confidence and a sense of ease to a profession that is in sore need of all of those virtues," said screenwriter, director and Hollywood Awards co-chair Paul Haggis.