Al Pacino Receives National Medal of Arts
Recipients also included Will Barnet, Rita Dove, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Martin Puryear, Mel Tillis, United Service Organization, and André Watts.
Recipients of the 2011 National Humanities Medal, which were also handed out today, include Kwame Anthony Appiah, John Ashbery, Robert Darnton, Andrew Delbanco, National History Day, Charles Rosen, Teofilo Ruiz, Ramón Saldívar, Amartya Sen.
Pacino was awarded the honor, according to a citation read out at the ceremony, "for his contributions as an actor and director to American film and theater. Mr. Pacino is an enduring and iconic figure, who came of age in one of the most exciting decades of American cinema, the 1970s. His signature intensity as an actor was originally honed for the stage, under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg, and he has become one of the most outstanding and accomplished American artists."