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Jeff Bridges, 73, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award after battling cancer


Jeff Bridges will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards it was announced on Monday.

The event takes place at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 15. It will air on the CW. ‘We are thrilled to be honoring the one and only Jeff Bridges with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Critics Choice Awards,’ said CCA CEO Joey Berlin.

This comes after the 73-year-old icon battled cancer. 

New honor: Jeff Bridges will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards it was announced on Monday; seen in 2019

New honor: Jeff Bridges will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards it was announced on Monday; seen in 2019

‘From his debut with his dad on Sea Hunt, to his iconic performance as The Dude in The Big Lebowski, to his Oscar-winning performance in Crazy Heart, right through his amazing work in The Old Man, his decades-spanning career is unmatched. We look forward to celebrating his incredible career before an audience of millions of fans on January 15th,’ it was added.

Jeff Bridges is one of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a seven-time Academy Award nominee, as well as a singer and producer. 

His 2009 performance in Crazy Heart deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar for Best Actor. 

The performance also earned him the Critics Choice Award, SAG Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor. Bridges’ moving and multi-layered performance is one of many in a career that spans decades.

One of his biggest hits: With brother Beau and co-star Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989

One of his biggest hits: With brother Beau and co-star Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989

Bridges earned his first Oscar nod in 1972 for Best Supporting Actor in Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show, co-starring Cybill Shepherd. 

Three years later, he received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Michael Cimino’s Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. 

By 1984 he landed top kudos with a Best Actor nomination for playing the alien in Starman. In 2001 he was honored with his fourth Oscar nomination for his role in The Contender, Rod Lurie’s political thriller, in which Bridges played the President of the United States.

In December 2010 his reunion with the Coen Brothers in the critically acclaimed western True Grit landed him another Critics Choice Award nomination and his sixth Oscar nomination.

In 2017 he received his third Critics Choice Award nomination and seventh Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as a retiring Texas Ranger in Hell or High Water. 

In good health: Here he is seen in November at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 13th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles after cancer battle

In good health: Here he is seen in November at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 13th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles after cancer battle

The critically acclaimed film, written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by David Mackenzie, premiered Un Certain Regard at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. He also received a SAG nomination for his performance. In 2018, Bridges was seen and heard in the documentary Living in the Future’s Past, directed by Susan Kucera and co-produced by Bridges.

The actor’s multifaceted career has cut a wide swath across all genres.

Bridges has also been seen in the drama The Only Living Boy in New York, and in the highly anticipated action/adventure comedy sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, for director Matthew Vaughn. He co-starred opposite Josh Brolin in the action drama Only the Brave, directed by Joseph Kosinski. Before that he was seen in the animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece The Little Prince as ‘The Aviator’ for director Mark Osborne.

In August 2014 Bridges starred in The Giver opposite Meryl Streep. Based on the bestselling novel by Lois Lowry, the film – which he also produced – was a passion project of Bridges for more than two decades and was directed by Phillip Noyce.

In 2010 he starred in the highly anticipated 3D action-adventure TRON: Legacy. Bridges reprised his role of video-game developer ‘Kevin Flynn’ from the classic 1982 film TRON. With state-of-the-art technology, TRON: Legacyfeatured Bridges as the first actor in cinematic history to play opposite a younger version of himself.

Father of the bride: The 72-year-old was every inch the proud father as he accompanied daughter Hayley down the aisle at her 2021 wedding in California's Santa Ynez Valley

Father of the bride: The 72-year-old was every inch the proud father as he accompanied daughter Hayley down the aisle at her 2021 wedding in California’s Santa Ynez Valley 

Bridges starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the 2008 Paramount Pictures/Marvel Studios blockbuster Iron Man, playing the character of Obadiah Stane.

He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America.

Nominations for the 28th annual Critics Choice Awards television categories will be announced December 6, 2022, at 9:00 am PT / 12:00 pm ET.

This comes after he shared that he worked with a trainer in order to walk his daughter Hayley down the aisle following his recent health struggles.    

The star was diagnosed with cancer of the lymphatic system in 2020 and was also hit hard by COVID-19 which he previously admitted left him at ‘death’s door’.

Daddy daughter: However after only being able to stand for '45 seconds' the actor sought out professional help before his youngest daughter tied the knot in California's Santa Ynez Valley in August 2021 (pictured together in 2017)

Daddy daughter: However after only being able to stand for ’45 seconds’ the actor sought out professional help before his youngest daughter tied the knot in California’s Santa Ynez Valley in August 2021 (pictured together in 2017) 

However after only being able to stand for ’45 seconds’ the actor sought out professional help before his youngest daughter tied the knot in California’s Santa Ynez Valley in August 2021.

Images from the wedding, which were published by Brides magazine in July of this year, show the proud father accompanying Hayley to the altar in front of a crowd of grinning guests. 

But while Bridges had a wide smile on his face the entire time, even performing a toast at the reception after the ceremony, he has now revealed that a lot of sweat went into making that moment happen.  

Speaking to the Independent he said that he practiced taking walks down his hospital corridor while still attached to oxygen. 

‘The first goal was how long can I stand up, and my record was 45 seconds, that’s how long I could stand up. And then it was, how many steps can I take?’.

He worked with a trainer everyday and eventually his walks got longer revealing: ‘One day I said, “Maybe I can do it, you know”. 

‘And it turns out I not only got to walk her down the aisle, but I got to do the wedding dance’.

Jeff has been happily married to his wife, film producer Susan Geston, since 1977, and they have two older daughters, Isabelle and Jessica. 

Elsewhere in the interview he recalled how COVID-19 ‘kicked his a**’ when he contraction it in January 2021 and spent five weeks in intensive care. 

Bride and groom: Hayley, who works as an interior designer, pictured with her now-husband wealth advisor Justin Shane

Bride and groom: Hayley, who works as an interior designer, pictured with her now-husband wealth advisor Justin Shane

With his immune system at an all time low following cancer treatment he revealed the secondary illness made ‘cancer look like nothing’. 

It comes after the Oscar nominated actor  said that everything in life became ‘hyper-precious’ to him amid his illness.

With him believing his two-year ‘health adventure’ has actually helped him to look at life through a new lens.

He told Sky News: ‘Not all bad – [there were] wonderful parts about being that sick that were kind of unexpected, you know, feeling all that love coming towards me from my family and friends and from other people all over the world’.  

‘That was [an] unexpected, wonderful feeling, and then also the love that that kind of triggered for me.

‘I said, “Oh yeah, this is life, this is wonderful”, and everything became kind of hyper-precious during that time.’

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