The Broadcast Film Critics
Association (BFCA) announced today that
Sean Penn will be presented with
the fifth annual Joel Siegel Award at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The award will be presented by fellow actor and 13-time Critics’ Choice
Award nominee George Clooney. The ceremony will air live on VH1 on Thursday, January 12 at 8:00 PM ET/PT.
This award pays homage to “Good Morning America” film critic and BFCA member Joel Siegel who lost his battle with cancer in June 2007. It’s meant to honor those who believe the that the greatest value of celebrity is to use that celebrity to do good works.
Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 and killed more than 200,000 people. The organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people.
BFCA President Joey Berlin said, “We are extremely proud to be able to make this presentation to Sean on this night in particular, exactly two years after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti. While it was heartening to see such an outpouring of support and aid for the Haitian people in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, the long-term commitment made by Sean and his organization is particularly notable. The Joel Siegel Award was created to spotlight such above and beyond efforts by leading the lights of our industry and its spirit is truly personified by Sean Penn.”
Penn has been nominated for seven Critics’ Choice Awards, including two wins in the Best Actor category for “Mystic River” and “Milk.”