Twenty-five years ago the prophetic declaration “If you build it, they will come” sounded across an Iowa cornfield in “Field of Dreams.”
Kevin Costner, the film’s star, has crafted his career along the lines of that advice, creating an oeuvre to which auds have flocked — and which the industry has rewarded with multiple kudos.
Over the past three decades the Oscar- and Emmy-winning multihyphenate has acted in, produced, written and directed some of the most beloved movies in American filmmaking, from the critical juggernaut “Dances With Wolves” to Oliver Stone’s “JFK” to Mike Binder’s gripping and — as it turned out — critically timely 2014 custody battle drama “Black or White,” which he also backed financially.
Now Costner can add Broadcast Film Critics Assn. Lifetime Achievement Award to his accolades. The award, which honors Costner’s significant contribution to the entertainment industry, will be handed out during the BFCA Critics’ Choice Movie Awards held on Jan. 15 (the same day the Oscar nominations are announced) at the Hollywood Palladium.
A&E will broadcast the live ceremony, marking the first time the network has partnered with the BFCA. Super Bowl champion and “Live With Kelly and Michael” co-host Michael Strahan will emcee the event.
“The choice of Kevin Costner to receive the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award was inspired by seeing his performance in Mike Binder’s terrific new movie, ‘Black or White,’ ” says BFCA president Joey Berlin. “Playing a grieving widower drawn into a custody battle over his adorable granddaughter, Kevin shows depth and range that reminds us of what a wonderful actor he truly is.”
Whether he played federal agent Eliot Ness in Brian De Palma’s classic crime drama “The Untouchables” or opposite Whitney Houston in “The Bodyguard,” Costner’s performances were always “memorable” says Berlin.
“A leading man in an age of character actors, he balances strength and vulnerability in a way few men can. The BFCA Board of Directors saw a career well deserving of special recognition.”