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George Clooney to Receive France’s Honorary Cesar Award

Variety logo Variety 2/2/2017 Elsa Keslassy
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PARIS– George Clooney will be feted at the 42th edition of the Cesar Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, with an honorary prize.

The award will be given to Clooney during a ceremony which will gather the bulk of the French film industry and will be held in Paris on Feb. 24.

“The most charismatic actor of his generation, George Clooney embodies the Hollywood glamor that big cinema stars have. His charm, sense of humor, personality and engagement are at the heart of our perpetual and eternal admiration,” said the Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema.

Clooney, whose next directorial effort, “Suburbicon,” will be released this year, was in France last May for the world premiere of “Money Monster” at Cannes Film Festival.

Clooney succeeds to Michael Douglas, last year’s recipient of the honorary Cesar Award. Previous honorees have included Meryl Streep and Sean Penn, as well as Roman Polanski.

The Academy of Arts and Techniques of Cinema recently made headlines after naming Polanski president of the Cesar Awards’ 42th edition. Polanski subsequently pulled out and has not yet been replaced.

Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” with Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert and Francois Ozon’s period drama “Frantz” are leading Cesar Awards nominations with 11 noms each.

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