Directors Guild makes Eastwood's day
The actor and director will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony on January 28th for his work behind the camera over three decades that has included Play Misty For Me, High Plains Drifter, A Perfect World and The Bridges Of Madison County.
DGA president Michael Apted said: "Clint Eastwood is the consummate filmmaker.
"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."
He added: "His ongoing body of work continues to touch generations of moviegoers and bring huge audiences into movie theatres. He does it all with great class, intelligence, and style."
Recently Eastwood has picked up further recognition with Million Dollar Baby, which earned him his second Oscar for Best Director, after Unforgiven, and Mystic River in 2004 was nominated for the prize.
Eastwood first came to the attention of many as an actor in the TV series Rawhide, playing Rowdy Yates, but it was Sergio Leone's westerns A Fistful Of Dollars and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and Don Siegel's Dirty Harry that made him a household name.
Despite being 75 years old, he is still working heavily and next year sees the release of his World War II story Flags Of Our Fathers.
Previous recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award have included Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock.
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