Actor Viggo Mortensen has been tapped as the eighth recipient of the Coolidge Award, given annually by the independent Coolidge Corner Theatre. He will be feted at the Brookline, Mass. venue on March 5. Previous recipients have included Zhang Yimou, Meryl Streep, Thelma Schoonmacher, and Vittorio Storaro.
Mortensen, who made his bow in Peter Weir’s 1985 film “Witness,” has appeared in a variety of films from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy to several films for David Cronenberg including the current “A Dangerous Method” in which he plays Sigmund Freud. He will next be appearing in the screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.”
The Coolidge, an indie art deco theater that opened in 1933, is a showcase for independent films and recently received a grant to promulgate its success “Science on Screen” to theaters nationwide. It has been honoring outstanding achievement in cinema with its Coolidge Ward since 2004.