Saturday, 4 April 2009


This section will include stories and photos from the many awards that Clint has picked up through his career and will add to it from time to time. This section will not include Oscars or other Awards that Clint was presented with during the Academy Awards, these will be posted within the OSCARS section.

The Following Posts are not presented in any particular order:

PGA AWARD Jan 22nd 2006
The Producers Guild of America went ahead and made his day, choosing Clint Eastwood as the recipient of its highest honor.
Eastwood will receive the Milestone Award for his contributions to the entertainment industry, it was announced Wednesday.

Above: Clint with his Lifetime Award
Eastwood became an icon in the 1970s with his portrayal of a tough-guy police detective in Dirty Harry, a film that inspired four sequels. He went on to become a two-time Academy Award-winning director, most recently for 2004's Million Dollar Baby, which also won Best Picture.

Above: Clint with his Award which was presented by director Steven Spielberg
The 15th Annual PGA Awards was presented Jan. 22 2006.
USA Today

DGA AWARD Jan 28th 2006
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1, 2005 -- DGA President Michael Apted announced today that director Clint Eastwood has been selected to receive the Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his distinguished career in motion picture directing. As the Guild's highest tribute, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Eastwood, one of the industry's finest practitioners, at the 58th Annual DGA Awards on January 28, 2006.

’Clint Eastwood is the consummate filmmaker,’ Apted said in announcing the award. ‘As one of the most prolific, versatile directors in the history of the medium, there isn't a genre that Clint Eastwood hasn't mastered in the more than 25 films he has directed over the past 35 years. The DGA is proud to honor his deft craftsmanship and brilliant vision with its Lifetime Achievement Award. His ongoing body of work continues to touch generations of moviegoers and bring huge audiences into movie theaters. He does it all with great class, intelligence, and style.’

Above: Clint proudly displays his award
The DGA Lifetime Achievement Award winner is selected by the present and past presidents of the Guild. In the Guild's 70-year history, only 31 directors have been recognized with the honor as the award is not presented on an annual basis. Eastwood now joins this illustrious list, which includes Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra and John Ford.
Above: Clint - In Good spirits at The 58th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards
In addition to the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award, Eastwood received the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement this year for his 2004 film Million Dollar Baby, which also won him Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture.
Below: Clint is joined by the beautiful Hilary Swank

Above: The award for outstanding achievement in a feature film for his film Million Dollar Baby during the 2005 57th annual Director's Guild Awards
The film earned a total of seven Academy Award nominations, four Oscars, two Golden Globes for Best Director and Best Actress, and the New York Film Critics Award for Best Director. Eastwood's 1992 film Unforgiven was also met with unparalleled critical acclaim, receiving in 1993 the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, nine Academy Award nominations, four Oscars including Best Director, and the Golden Globe for Best Director. In 2004, Eastwood was nominated for both the DGA Award the Academy Award for his direction of Mystic River. Among Eastwood's other innumerable accolades are: the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (1995), the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute and the Film Society at Lincoln Center (1996), the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from New York's National Board of Review (2000), the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2000), and the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (2003).

Born Clinton Eastwood Jr. on May 31, 1930 in San Francisco, California, Eastwood was raised in Oakland, California, after moving from town to town as his father sought work during the Great Depression. He began his career in 1957 as a contract player for Universal Pictures and got his first break on the TV series Rawhide (1958), in which he played cowpuncher Rowdy Yates for six years. Eastwood's association with jazz is well documented, as is his assertion that had his directing, acting or producing careers not been successful; he would have chosen to be a musician. His documentary Piano Blues, in which Eastwood explores his life-long passion for piano blues, concluded Martin Scorsese's 2003 series The Blues for PBS.

Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Award March 9th 2003
Looking beyond the tough guise at an actor's range

A screen icon and celebrated filmmaker, Eastwood's range as an actor is often overlooked
With all the acclaim Clint Eastwood has received over the years for his work behind the camera, it's easy to overlook what many have taken for granted from the beginning: his acting. With his chiselled features, trademark glint and whispery line delivery, Eastwood belongs in the Mount Rushmore of leading man icons -- a pantheon of strong silent types that includes Gary Cooper, John Wayne and Steve McQueen.

Above: Clint with his 2003 SAG lifetime award
The parallels with Wayne, especially, point to the tendancy to undervalue stars who've honed their screen persona into an archetype, albeit a highly distinctive one.

"I think Eastwood suffers from the same plight that John Wayne had to face," says film historian Leonard Maltin. "Where people tended to say, 'Oh, he just plays himself onscreen.' Or, 'He's a personality actor, not a real actor.' And it also has to do with the impact that some of his signature roles have had, that people forget how often he has veered away from them."

That the Screen Actors Guild is handing Eastwood its 39th life achievement award might be the ultimate recognition from his peers, and validation that the actor who became famous in Sergio Leone's westerns as "the man with no name" only just makes it look easy. "Clint actually fades into the persona, which fades into the part and the whole thing feels so organic and seamless that you're not ever conscious of somebody making this thing," says Dave Kehr, columnist for the New York Times and writer of the documnetary "Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows."

Looking at all his accolades, it would seem that Eastwood has been sufficiently lionized -- his honors are numerous enough for several careers. In addition to his two Oscars in 1992 for "Unforgiven," the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gave him the Irving Thalberg Award at the 1995 ceremony. At the Cannes Film Festival, he has been nominated for the Palme d'Or three times.

But his one major award strictly for acting was from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. for "Unforgiven," this despite more than 50 films to his credit.

Had Eastwood only made the trio of spaghetti Westerns for Leone -- "A Fistful of Dollars," "For a Few Dollars More," and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly -- and then ridden off into the sunset of Europe's faux Old West, it would have been possible to characterize him as merely a one-trick pony with a mesmerizing screen presence. "Dirty Harry" catapulted his popularity to another realm, even if it further served to pigeonhole him. But there are some who feel that to dismiss Eastwood as a one-note actor would be tantamount to dismissing Bogart and Cagney as only capable of playing tough guys.

Kehr, for one, points to "Dirty Harry" as the turning point in Eastwood's career. "I think the one moment where he becomes a superstar is right at the beginning," Kehr explains. "He sees a bank robbery in progress and he walks slowly across the square. He's got a gun in one hand and he's finishing a hot dog with the other. He's going to finish this hot dog before he blows the guy's head 'clean off' as he says.

"It's this scene of incredible potential violence and at the same time this incredible nonchalance. Like James Cagney, he was able to explode seemingly out of nowhere and then pull it all back away again."

In the 1970s, as soon as he took greater control of his career (certainly a wise move after "Paint Your Wagon"), Eastwood began pushing and redefining the edges of screen persona in the films "High Plains Drifter" and "The Outlaw Josey Wales."

Then he reinvented himself altogether, with a comic twist, in "Every Which Way but Loose," its less satisfying sequel "Any Which Way You Can," and, best of all, "Bronco Billy," neatly deconstructing the bluff behind the macho persona on which he had built his career.

"There's a real kind of humor and wistfulness in that character that you don't often see in Eastwood's work," Turan says of "Bronco Billy." "It's also just nice to see that at that moment he felt loose enough to do it. It almost had a Frank Capra or Preston Sturges feel to it."

One of Maltin's favorite change-of-pace Eastwood roles was in "White Hunter, Black Heart," the 1990 film adaptation of Peter Viertel's thinly veiled, fictionalized account of the making of "The African Queen." Not only did Eastwood direct himself, he also played a character quite close to "Queen's" director: the wily, cigar-chomping John Huston.

"That was not a typical project for him, nor was it a typical performance," Maltin says. "Without trying to do a precise replication of Huston, he captured that personality. He's larger than life but he manages not to make him a caricature, he's outsized but he's real. That's no small achievement."
Above: Let the party begin, the Eastwood family celebrate the Lifetime award.
Eastwood's performances in "Honkytonk Man," "Tightrope" and "White Hunter, Black Heart" were the result of the tension between the commercial image he had built his career on and the broader range of characters he could represent. "Tightrope" is the most conventional in theme, a film that hints at a Dirty Harry type being really, seriously dirty. But the unjustly overlooked "Honkytonk Man" contains one of Eastwood's most impressive performances: Of all the things it's hard to imagine him playing, "frail" must be near the top of the list. Yet he adopts body language and mannerisms that convince us that he is.

His '90s work includes two films in which he faces off against quintessentially noniconic actors: John Malkovich in "In the Line of Fire" and Meryl Streep in "The Bridges of Madison County." The presence of these two brilliant, extremely studied performers creates a revealing contrast to Eastwood's more relaxed style.

But for all his permutions, Eastwood's iconic stature cannot be denied -- a quality that most actors envy, even if they pride themselves as chameleonic.

"It's who he is," says Kehr. "That's always defined the great American stars. It's a big word to toss out but he has an existential quality. Bogart is Bogart, Monroe is Monroe, and Eastwood is Eastwood."
Variety Feb 26th 2003

Below: Clint won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for "Unforgiven" (1992) at the 45th Director's guild awards March 6th 1993.
Below: Clint and Forest Whitaker 21st NAACP Image awards Dec 10th 1988 winning for Bird
Below: Clint at The Legend Of Cinema Award luncheon in Las Vegas
Below: A nice shot featuring Lalo Schifrin, Clint and Catherine Deneuve in Cannes 1994
Below: A rare full page advertisement from the William Morris Agency congratulating Clint on winning the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 57th Annual Venice Film Festival on August 30th 2000. The ad appeared in the Hollywood Reporter, Venice Film Festival Special, August 29th - September 4th edition, 2000. The reverse side has a nice full page feature which I have also included here. 
Here's a photo new to me, it looks like Clint was attending an awards ceremony - possibly from the late 60s or early 70s. My thanks to Davy Triumph 
Below: Clint poses with Sondra Locke and his People's Choice Award for favourite motion picture actor in Los Angeles March 5th 1981


ram said...

The archives are well documented and fullest appreciations.I'm not sure if Mr.Eastwood is aware that there are thousands of die hard fans in this part of the world (INDIA).On a personal front,I consider him as the greatest superstar of all times and that all modern day superstars are different manifestations of him.

Clint's archive said...

Ram, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and yes, I'm sure there are still 1000's of fans remain out there, wish they would drop by here from time to time to leave a message! ;-)
My thanks to you once again, its nice to hear from beautiful India, stop by here anytime!
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