Eastwood set for honour

"One of the most prolific and versatile directors," says DGA President

After nabbing Lifetime Achievement awards from the American Film Institute, The Film Society at Lincoln Centre and the Screen Actor's Guild, Clint Eastwood is now set to receive the top honour from the Director's Guild Of America.

On 28 January next year, the Dirty Harry star will join a prestigious list, bulging with the biggest names in Hollywood helming history by picking up the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Million Dollar Baby lenser joins such names as...are you ready for this? Ok, here we go...

Martin Scorcese, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, John Ford, Cecil B De Mille, Mike Nichols plus a host of other celebrated megaphone-wielders.

“As one of the most prolific, versatile directors in the history of the medium, there isn't a genre that Clint Eastwood hasn't mastered in the more than 25 films he has directed over the past 35 years,” commented DGA President Michael Apted. “His ongoing body of work continues to touch generations of moviegoers and bring huge audiences into movie theaters. He does it all with great class, intelligence and style.”

The DGA has twice bestowed the honour for Directorial Achievement on Clint for seminal western Unforgiven in 1993 and heart-tugging boxing drama Million Dollar Baby just last year.

Eastwood is currently in pre-production on his World War Two epic Flags Of Our Fathers.