The Motion Picture Association of America has chosen to inaugurate its Jack Valenti Humanitarian Award by giving it to Clint Eastwood, according to a recent news report. The actor/director will receive his award at a banquet on Tuesday. MPAA Chairman Dan Glickman, praised Eastwood's "decency and goodness of spirit in his moviemaking," citing the recent Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima as two examples. "These films exemplify the true power of movies to tell human stories and inspire national conversation," Glickman added. One could certainly add his two Oscar winners, Unforgiven (1992) and Million Dollar Baby (2004) to that list as well as films like Bird (1988) and Mystic River (2003).

Now, I bow to no one in my adoration and appreciation for Eastwood, and I was there with love for films like A Perfect World and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil when no one else was. But did anyone consider all those people he killed as Dirty Harry or "Blondie" in his early films? Or what about all the atrocities he commits in High Plains Drifter (1973), a film in which he essentially plays the Devil? No matter. I like to think Eastwood has learned from his mistakes. He received bad marks ten years ago for his negative portrayal of an Asian stereotype in Absolute Power and now, with Letters from Iwo Jima, he has made up for it, and then some. But there's one small thing: I paid good money to see City Heat (1984), and I still can't forgive him for that.