The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has bestowed its annual career achievement award on French New Wave icon Jean-Paul Belmondo. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 16, and, according to Leonard Klady, awards committee member and Screen International journalist, Belmondo will be attending and “visiting Los Angeles for the first time in decades.” Writes Klady of his organization’s seventy-six-year-old honoree, “He is one of the great and certainly most versatile actors in the history of cinema . . . He’s tough, funny, passionate, organic, certainly charismatic, and always engaged.” Other recent recipients of LAFCA’s career achievement award include Sidney Lumet, Richard Widmark, and Robert Altman.
While in town, the actor will be dropping by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to introduce a special screening of Truffaut’s Mississippi Mermaid, being shown as part of the weekend salute Spotlight on Jean-Paul Belmondo, which will also feature Godard’s Pierrot le fou and Resnais’ Stavisky. Click here for time and ticket info.