Loach honored by org

Praemium Imperiale kudos granted to helmer

LONDON — Brit helmer Ken Loach will receive the Japanese Praemium Imperiale award for theater and film from Prince Masahito Hitachi, honorary patron of the Japan Art Assn., Oct. 23 in Tokyo.

The awards, worth $125,000 to the winner in each of five categories, “recognize lifetime achievement in the arts not covered by the Nobel prizes.”

An international jury, including French president Jacques Chirac and David Rockefeller Sr., nominates candidates, with the winners picked by the Japan Art Assn. Recipients were announced last Thursdayin Rome.

Loach scooped the theater/film honors for the honesty and compassion of his work.

“Although his subject matter is often hard and gritty, it is always imbued with sympathy and affection for his characters and their plight,” the association said of Loach’s work.

Past recipients include John Gielgud and Arthur Miller.

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