The 29th Critics Choice Awards is set to air on Sunday, Jan. 14. Hollywood will be celebrating the acting and filmmaking work of the talented celebrities we know and love from both film and television. Among the usual awards given out to these celebrities is the Career Achievement Award, which in past years was dubbed the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Even though the awards ceremony is in its 29th year, not every year has seen a recipient for this award. When it comes to the Lifetime Achievement Award, only seven celebrities have received the honor of winning.
While the award is now officially known as the Career Achievement Award, Ford has been in the business long enough that it is a well-deserved win. He is also up for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in AppleTV+'s Shrinking. Presenting the award to Ford will be his Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny director James Mangold.
Here is the full list of actors who have been honored with the Critic’s Choice Lifetime Achievement Award.
The very first Lifetime Achievement Award was announced during the award ceremony's second broadcast in 1997. That year, the recipient was longtime actress Lauren Bacall, who had been in the industry for seven decades by that point. She won multiple awards for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces.
In 1998, the award went to director Robert Wise, known for The Sound of Music and West Side Story. He won two Academy Awards for both films, as well as Golden Globe awards for Best Motion Picture for West Side Story in 1961 and The Sound of Music in 1965. Besides the Critics Choice Awards, he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
The third recipient was actor and film director Clint Eastwood in 2004. One of his early roles was in a western series called Rawhide but he is also known for other roles such as Million Dollar Baby and The Bridges of Madison County. He has also won multiple Academy and Golden Globe Awards.
Kevin Costner was next to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. The actor and director is best known for Yellowstone, Field of Dreams, The Bodyguard, and JFK. Throughout his career, he has also won multiple awards for his directorial work and acting.
Eddie Murphy was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020. The comedian is best known for his stand-up, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle, and Daddy Day Care. He has also won a Grammy, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild award.
Billy Crystal was the next to receive the award in 2022. He’s been a cast member on Saturday Night Live and is also known for America’s Sweethearts, When Harry Met Sally…, and Father’s Day. He has received multiple Emmy Awards and a Tony award.
In 2023, actor Jeff Bridges became the next recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s best known for The Big Lebowski, Seabiscuit, and Iron Man. He has also won an Academy Award, Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild award.
The Critics Choice Awards will air on The CW at 7/6c on Sunday, Jan. 14. Hosting the ceremony is comedian Chelsea Handler. We will also see an array of presenters that include Angela Bassett, Bella Ramsey, Daniel Levy, Brendan Frasier, David Oyelowo, Giacomo Gianniotti, and many more.