Acad to honor writer-director Benton

Gotham event to include clips, discussion of his work

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will honor helmer-scribe Robert Benton during a special tribute celebration 7 p.m. June 2 at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse Intl. in New York.

Event will be hosted by screenwriter Richard Russo, who penned Benton’s 1998 film “Twilight.” The tribute will include a discussion with Benton, clips from his feature films and praise from his colleagues.

Benton’s first bigscreen credit was for the collaborative screenplay to 1967’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” for which he drew an Academy Award nomination. He received an Oscar nom for penning 1977’s “The Late Show,” and he went on to win two Oscars for writing and directing 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer,” which was also named best picture. He received his third Oscar for writing 1984’s “Places in the Heart,” as well as a directing nomination for the film. In 1994 he drew another writing nom for “Nobody’s Fool.”

Composer Howard Shore, thesp Margo Martindale and producers Arlene Donovan and Stanley Jaffe are expected to attend as special guests.