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Are you getting ready for the Critics Choice Awards? That’s Thursday on VH-1 at 8pm Eastern. The group just announced it’s giving Sean Penn their Joel Siegel Humanitarian Award for his work in Haiti. As I reported earlier, George Clooney is presenting the award. Clooney is also nominated for a slew of awards that night, for “Ides of March” and “The Descendants.” Every big movie star of this season is coming to the Critics Choice, the first broadcast awards show of the season. Critics Choice is composed of actual working writers, reporters, and correspondents who cover the film industry, as opposed to this Wednesday’s National Board of Review–a self congratulatory group of fans who pay membership fees to see the movies and to put on a fancy dinner. As for Penn, he has worked hard in Haiti and made a difference with his organization.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. He does deserve it, I guess. It just seems to me the real reasons for his awards are his political beliefs. He loves to be seen as a rebel, but in his Hollywood environment he is anything but.

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