Date: 27th January 2002
Hollywood star ROBERT REDFORD will be getting an honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards this year (March 2002). The veteran actor/director will receive the trophy in recognition of his work on both sides of the camera, and as founder of the Sundance Institute, which encourages aspiring film-makers.
Academy president Frank Pierson praised Redford's contribution to Hollywood, saying, "Bob's dedication to independent film-making has had an enormously positive impact on the motion-picture industry since he created Sundance 20 years ago. "
Actor SIDNEY POITIER will also receive an honorary award for his "extraordinary performances and unique presence on the screen".