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George Clooney to Present Sean Penn with Critics' Choice Joel Siegel Humanitarian Award

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood January 9, 2012 at 11:39AM

The 17th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on January 12 will honor Sean Penn with their Joel Siegel Award, to recognize his humanitarian efforts. Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti exactly two years ago. George Clooney will present the award.
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Sean Penn in Haiti in 2010.
NY Times Magazine Sean Penn in Haiti in 2010.

The 17th annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on January 12 will honor Sean Penn with their Joel Siegel Award, to recognize his humanitarian efforts. Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti exactly two years ago. George Clooney will present the award.

BFCA's Joey Berlin says: “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 the leading lights of our industry and its spirit is truly personified by Sean Penn.” Last year's recipient was Matt Damon.

Martin Scorsese, whose "Hugo" is up for 11 Critics' Choice awards, will also be honored with the Music+Film award. Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel are hosting the event, which will be broadcast on VH1.

Check out the nominees here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.