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Acad to honor Redford

Org bestowing Oscar for biz contributions

HOLLYWOOD — Robert Redford will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences with an honorary award at the 74th annual Oscarcast.

Redford, 64, has been nominated for four Oscars — one as producer (“Quiz Show”), two as director (“Quiz Show,” “Ordinary People”) and one for actor (“The Sting”). He won for “People” in 1981.

The citation on Redford’s Oscar will read: “Robert Redford — Actor, Director, Producer, Creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere.”

“Bob’s dedication to independent filmmaking has had an enormously positive impact on the motion picture industry since he created Sundance 20 years ago,” said Academy prexy Frank Pierson. “Young filmmakers for years to come will continue to benefit from the training that his institute provides and the world-class showcase that his festival offers.”

Redford is the third honorary Oscar recipient to be announced; Sidney Poitier and Arthur Hiller also will be feted. Hiller is being recognized with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while Redford and Poitier are being feted for “exceptional distinction in the making of motion pictures or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

One final honorary recipient is expected to be announced today — nod is the Sawyer Award, feting a sci-tech innovator.

The Academy Awards will be held at the Kodak Theater on March 24.

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