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One America’s most esteemed figures, Robert Redford, will receive a special honor from the French Academy at the 44th César Awards ceremony, to be held next month in Paris.

The acclaimed actor and director stated last year that David Lowery’s “The Old Man and the Gun” would be his last film. The role earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, as well as great reviews for his performance. Other recent on-screen appearances include Ritesh Batra‘s Our Souls at Night,”Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon,” and Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Redford has been a defining force in American independent cinema as the mastermind behind the Sundance Film Festival and the Sundance Institute, entities responsible for supporting talented filmmakers since the late 70s.

As a director, Redford won the Academy Award for helming “Ordinary People” in 1981, and in 2002 received an honorary Oscar for his contributions to the film industry at large. A Best Actor statuette, however, escaped him. His only nomination in that category came with 1973’s “The Sting.”

Regarding Redford’s acceptance of the honor, French Academy president Alain Terzian said, “Many of his films, in front of or behind the camera, are now classics. Few careers have had such an impact on the history of cinema.”

Other Americans previously honor by France’s Academy are George Clooney and Michael Douglas. Competitively, the only American thespian to ever win Cesar is Kristen Stewart for her acclaimed role in French director Olivier Assayas’ “Cloud of Sils Maria,” where she acted opposite Juliette Binoche.

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The César Awards ceremony will take place on February 22. 

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