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BAFTA lauds Eastwood with Kubrick award

‘Clint Eastwood is an enormous creative force’ says chairman Peter Morris
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

Clint Eastwood has been named the recipient of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles’ most prestigious film accolade, the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

The award will be presented at the 15th annual Britannia Awards, which are scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Century Plaza.

“Clint Eastwood is an undisputed international icon and an enormous creative force, both behind and in front of the camera,” BAFTA/LA chairman Peter Morris said. “It is our distinct pleasure to honor him with our highest film award.”

Eastwood is producing and directing the DreamWorks/Warner Bros. Pictures World War II drama “Flags of Our Fathers,” about the Battle of Iwo Jima, which will be released in October. He is concurrently producing and directing a companion film, “Letters From Iwojima,” told from the Japanese perspective, which will be released next year.

Eastwood has directed more than 25 films, including “Million Dollar Baby,” for which he won the best picture and best director Oscars, and “Unforgiven,” for which he won his first Oscars for best picture and director. “Unforgiven” also garnered BAFTA nominations for directing and producing. For “Mystic River,” Eastwood received Oscar nominations for best picture and director.

Eastwood began his acting career in the mid-1950s, making his breakthrough in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western “A Fistful of Dollars” in 1964. His onscreen credits range from “Dirty Harry” to “Kelly’s Heroes” to “Every Which Way but Loose” to “The Bridges of Madison County.” He received best actor Oscar nominations for “Unforgiven” and “Million Dollar Baby.”

Previous recipients of BAFTA/LA’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award include Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Michael Caine and Martin Scorsese.