Awards make Eastwood’s day

Helmer is L.A. Film fest's million dollar baby

HOLLYWOOD — At the Hammer Museum party following Thursday’s Spirit of Independence Awards, honoree Clint Eastwood said he enjoyed the L.A. Film Festival affair because it was “low key.”

High praise from a man who, as many speakers noted, is a connoisseur of low key. Tony Bennett (the subject of Eastwood’s upcoming docu) praised his love for jazz; Ryan Phillippe and Dustin Hoffman his directing; and Kevin Bacon had the elegant line: “If we watch what he does, Clint will not be the last of an old breed but the first of the new.”

The evening was rounded out with the presentation by Terrence Howard and Aidan Quinn of $50,000 prizes from Target to docu filmmaker Jennifer Venditti and narrative director Chris Eska.

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