First, the lovely and talented Kate Winslet who's excellent in two upcoming films, "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader," will be honored with the Montecito award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 23rd at the Arlington Theater.
This is the second time Miss Winslet will be honored by the film festival. The actress was given the performance of year award in 2005.
Then, Mister Jerry Lewis will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Feb. 22 Oscar ceremony.
According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the award "is given to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry."
And in my hometown of Palm Springs, California, Clint Eastwood will be honored with the Career Achievement award at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 6.
Eastwood crafted "Changeling" this year, which may give Angelina Jolie another Oscar nomination, and he also directed and starred in "Gran Torino" which may give the actor another Oscar acting and directing nominations.
By the way, "Gran Torino' is like a western flick set in a contemporary urban setting.
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