Today, actor/director/producer Clint Eastwood, received a lifetime Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) from the organizers of the Cannes International Film Festival. The ceremony took place during a news conference and cocktail party at the chic Parisian restaurant, Le Fouquet's. Each year, the prestigious Palme d'Or is awarded to the top film at Cannes.
The Cannes International Film Festival has awarded only one other lifetime Palme d'Or, which was given to the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman during the event's 50th edition in 1997.
Eastwood, 78, was in Paris to promote his latest movie, GRAN TORINO. He stars in the movie and directed it. It is doing great at the box office, but neither Clint nor his movie was nominated for the Academy Awards® (Oscars®). Unusual, considering his nominations and wins over the last three decades -- won four.
The presentation was moved ahead of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival because Eastwood will be filming in South Africa at the time of this year's Festival on the Riviera, 13 - 24 May. The organizers were being frugal by taking advantage of Eastwood's stop in Paris, and Eastwood received the added publicity for GRAND TORINO, which opened in French theaters the same day as his award. Quid Pro Quo!