L.A. Film Critics Assn. to Honor Writer-Director Paul Mazursky

Five-time Oscar nominee, whose credits include 'Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice' and 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills,' will receive a career achievement award.

The Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. will honor Paul Mazursky with its 2010 Career Achievement Award at its 36th annual awards ceremony to be held Jan. 15 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City.

A five-time Oscar nominee, Mazursky has writen and directed such zeitgeist-defining movies as Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Blume in Love, Harry and Tonto, Next Stop, Greenwhich Village, An Unmarried Woman and Down and Out in Beverly Hills and also made frequent appearances as an actor, most recently in the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm.

"It's impossible to imagine American independent cinema in its current form without Paul Mazursky, in all his multihyphenate glory," said Brent Simon, LAFCA president. "From his work as an actor, including in Stanley Kubrick's first film, Fear and Desire, to his genre-spanning career as a writer and director, Mazursky is a great figure of world cinema as well as an American original, and LAFCA is proud to honor him."

The critics groups will meet on Dec. 12 to vote its awards for the current year.