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Clint Eastwood won the best director Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby, which also won best picture at the Academy Awards that year.

Acclaimed U.S. filmmaker Clint Eastwood will be honoured this fall with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for excellence in film.

Eastwood, an Oscar-winner for the films Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven, will be honoured in November by the Los Angeles bureau of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the group has announced.

Praising Eastwood as "an undisputed international icon and an enormous creative force," BAFTA/LA chair Peter Morris said he was honoured to present the U.S. filmmaker with the group's highest film distinction.

Eastwood, 70, will receive the award as part of the 15th annual Britannia Awards.

Past Britannia Award recipients include namesake filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Peter Ustinov, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Tom Cruise, Dustin Hoffmanand Tom Hanks.

Though now known for his directing, Eastwood began his Hollywood career as an actor in the 1950s. He initially made a name for himself in the long-running TV series Rawhide but delivered his breakthrough film performance in Sergio Leone's classic 1964 western A Fistful of Dollars.

Other Eastwood acting credits include Kelly's Heroes, Dirty Harry, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Escape from Alcatraz, The Bridges of Madison County and his two Oscar-winners, Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby.