Redford to Receive Honorary Oscar

Monday, January 28th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Robert Redford, who won a best director Oscar for 1980's ``Ordinary People,'' will receive an honorary Academy Award at this year's ceremony.

The honor from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' board of governors will be presented to Redford on March 24, Academy President Frank Pierson said Friday.

The citation will read: ``Robert Redford _ Actor, Director, Producer, Creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere.''

``Bob's dedication to independent filmmaking has had an enormously positive impact on the motion picture industry since he created Sundance 20 years ago, and young filmmakers for years to come will continue to benefit from the training that his institute provides and the world-class showcase that his festival offers,'' Pierson said.

Redford has appeared in dozens of films, including ``Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,'' ``The Way We Were,'' ``The Sting,'' ``All the President's Men'' and last year's ``Spy Game.'' His directing credits include ``A River Runs Through It'' and ``Quiz Show.''

Sidney Poitier will also receive an honorary Academy Award at this year's ceremony.