Date: 2nd March 2009
Dustin Hoffman has been honoured by the French film industry with a special Cesar award, France's equivalent of the Oscars.
The Rain Man star, 71, received the honour for his body of work.
The best film award went to Seraphine, the true story of a painter whose talents are discovered by a German art collector on the eve of World War I.
It also took six other prizes, including best actress Yolande Moreau, who played the title role.
The Cesar for best actor went to Vincent Cassel in Mesrine, one of three awards for the gangster film. The film's director, Jean-Francois Richet, also took the best director award.
Source: Press Release