After more than 30 years as a filmmaker, CLINT EASTWOOD (Directed by/Produced by/Music by) continues to produce award-winning pictures. Most recently earning dual Academy Award® nominations in the categories of Best Director and Best Picture for his acclaimed World War II drama Letters From Iwo Jima, which tells the story of the historic battle from the Japanese perspective. In addition, the film won the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice awards for Best Foreign Language Film, and also received Best Picture honors from a number of film critics groups, including the Los Angeles Film Critics and the National Board of Review. Letters From Iwo Jima is the companion film to Eastwood’s widely praised drama Flags of Our Fathers, which tells the story of the American men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima in the famed photograph.
In 2005, Eastwood received the Academy Awards® for Best Picture and Best Director—his second in both categories—for Million Dollar Baby. The film also earned Oscars® for Hilary Swank (Best Actress) and Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor) and nominations for three more (Best Actor for Eastwood, Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay). In 2003, Eastwood’s critically acclaimed drama Mystic River debuted at the Cannes Film Festival, earning him a Golden Palm nomination and the Golden Coach Award. Mystic River went on to earn six Academy Award® nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay), winning two Oscars® (Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor). In 1993, Eastwood’s foreboding, revisionist western, Unforgiven, received nine Academy Award® nominations (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Editor and Best Sound), and went on to win four Oscars® (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editor). Eastwood also received the Academy’s Irving Thalberg Memorial Award in 1995.
The Golden Globes first honored Eastwood in 1971 with the Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite. In 1988, he was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. The following year, he was honored with the Golden Globe Award for Best Director for Bird and in 1993, he was awarded Best Director for Unforgiven. Nominated in 2004 for his direction of Mystic River, Eastwood took home his third Best Director Golden Globe Award in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He was also nominated in 2005 for his score to that film.
In addition to the Thalberg Award and DeMille Award, Eastwood’s many other lifetime career achievement awards include honors from the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Film Institute and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the French Film Society, the National Board of Review, the Henry Mancini Institute (Hank Award for distinguished service to American music) and the Hamburg Film Festival (Douglas Sirk Award). He is also the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor, awards from the American Cinema Editors and the Publicists’ Guild, an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Wesleyan University and is a five-time winner of Favorite Motion Picture Actor from the People’s Choice Awards. In 1991, Eastwood was Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society’s Man of the Year and in 1992, he received the California Governor’s Award for the Arts.
No stranger to the Cannes Film Festival, Eastwood served as president of the jury in 1994 and has garnered Palme D’Or nominations for White Hunter Black Heart in 1990, Bird in 1988 (which won for Best Actor and Best Sound) and Pale Rider in 1985.