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Hersholt award to Hiller

Helmer feted for diverse charity involvement

HOLLYWOOD — Arthur Hiller will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences during the 74th annual Academy Awards.

Nod is given to an individual whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the motion picture industry.

The former Academy prexy (1993-97) is being feted for his involvement with such charitable orgs as the Motion Picture & Television Fund, KCET, Amnesty Intl., Inner City Filmmakers, the Anti-Defamation League and the Venice Family Clinic.

“The board was persuaded not by Hiller’s participation in a single cause, but by the wide diversity of his charitable and educational interests,” Acad topper Frank Pierson said. “In a long and productive career as a director and producer, Arthur has been extraordinarily generous with his time. His activities extend far beyond the community of film to the society at large.”

Hiller, whose helming credits include “The Out-of-Towners,” “Plaza Suite,” “Man of La Mancha” and “Author! Author!,” was nominated for an Academy Award in 1970 for directing “Love Story.”

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

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