Ron Howard set for Chicago fest award

Director to receive lifetime achievement honor at June event

Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will receive a lifetime achievement honor from the 46th Chicago International Film Festival on June 12, during the fest's annual Summer Gala.

Howard will receive the Silver Hugo Career Achievement Award at a presentation at the Museum of Science and Industry to be hosted by journalist Bill Kurtis.

"For the better part of four decades, Ron Howard has maintained a reputation as one of the world's most admired directors," festival founder and artistic director Michael Kutza said. "He has mastered all genres including action spectaculars, moving dramas, chilling thrillers and character-driven comedies. His films 'Splash,' 'Cocoon,' 'Apollo 13,' 'The Da Vinci Code,' 'Frost/Nixon,' 'Parenthood,' 'A Beautiful Mind' and 'Backdraft' have left a significant imprint on film history and have changed the way we look at movies."

Recipients of this award have included Steven Spielberg, Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut, Sigourney Weaver, Nicolas Cage, Jodie Foster, Robin Williams and Clint Eastwood.
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