George Clooney to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award Tonight

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Tonight is a big night for Cincinnati-area native George Clooney as the actor/producer/director will receive the Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, the nation’s highest honor for a career in film and Clooney will be the 46th recipient.

The gala will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will be broadcast Thursday, June 21 on TNT as an hour and a half special. 

Julia Roberts will present the award to Clooney, with whom she worked in Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Money Monster, among other movies. Other notables slated to attend the gala include Jennifer Aniston, Laura Dern, Cate Blanchett, who starred in two movies with Clooney, and Bill Murray. 

Clooney, you remember, rocketed to fame with the TV doc drama ER, then moved to movies, bringing home two Oscars® for Best Supporting Actor for Syriana and as a producer on Argo.His decision to shoot his feature film The Ides of March, released in 2011, here in Cincinnatihelped jumpstart the revitalization of the film industry in our area. Most recently, he directed the feature Suburbicon and is working on a Hulu miniseries adaptation of CATCH-22. 

Past Life Achievement Award winners include Diane Keaton, Steve Martin Michael Douglas, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood and Elizabeth Taylor. 

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