Eastwood Honored In Los Angeles

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November 6, 2011 | 9:35am EST

Veteran actor/director Clint Eastwood was the toast of the art world on Saturday night as his career achievements were acknowledged by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
The Dirty Harry star, 81, was the focus of the inaugural LACMA Art + Film Gala and he was honored along with artist John Baldessari.

The event was co-chaired by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, the star of Eastwood’s latest film J. Edgar, about FBI director John Edgar Hoover.

Chow told reporters at the event, “Clint Eastwood is such an amazing filmmaker. I can’t think of anyone who can cross over between the front and back of the camera at the level he’s been doing it for most of his life. I think he represents the word ‘cool,’ and I can’t believe we are fortunate enough to honor him at our first gala.”

Stars including Kate Hudson, Zac Efron, Reese Witherspoon, Emily Blunt, Mickey Rourke and Uma Thurman were on hand to toast Eastwood on his big night.