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‘Family,’ Duvall set for honors

United Artists’ “A Family Thing,” the TV series “The Parent ‘Hood” and “Babylon 5” will be among the honorees at the American Cinema Foundation’s E Pluribus Unum Awards on Jan. 17.

The awards honor TV and film productions for excellence in “addressing and promoting positive social values.”

“A Family Thing,” starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones, is about a white man raised in the rural South who finds that his natural mother was actually a black woman. He goes on a mission to find a half-brother he never knew.

“The Parent ‘Hood” will be honored for an episode that features a Black History Month presentation dedicated to actor William Thomas Jr. (best known as the character Buckwheat). In the TV drama category, “Babylon 5” will be recognized for the “Passing Through Gethsemene” episode that deals with issues of guilt and penance.

Also being recognized is the longform “Captive Heart: The James Mink Story,” about an 1850s racially mixed couple who attempt to rescue their daughter from a Southern plantation owner. It starred Louis Gossett Jr. and Kate Nelligan.

Each of the winners will receive a cash prize of $5,000.

In addition, Robert Duvall will receive the special Carl Foreman Prize, which honors a body of work. It carries a $10,000 cash prize.

The awards luncheon will be held at the Universal City Hilton Hotel at noon.

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