Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Sean Penn to Get Humanitarian Award from Critics Choice on Thursday


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
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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