Thesp, Film Foundation honored
The Hollywood Film Festival has selected Ben Affleck to receive its supporting actor of the year award and tapped the Film Foundation for its film preservation trophy.The kudos will be presented as part of the fest’s Oct. 23 awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Affleck was seen most recently in “Hollywoodland.” He wrote and is directing “Gone, Baby, Gone” and next will be seen in “Smokin’ Aces.” The nonprofit Film Foundation was founded in 1990 by Martin Scorsese along with Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford and Steven Spielberg. Since then, the group has funded preservation and restoration work of more than 450 films that were at imminent risk of being lost. The group has worked through partnerships with the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles; the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y.; the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; Gotham’s Museum of Modern Art in New York City; and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.