London, Feb 10 : Hollywood actor Mel Gibson is to receive the Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Award at the fifth annual Irish Film and Television Awards at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre on Feb 17.
The 51-year-old actor has starred in over 48 film and television productions in a career that spans over four decades.
He is best known in Ireland for 1994's 'Braveheart', which he starred in and directed in Ireland.
The movie was the first major international film to use Ireland as a location under new tax incentives and went on to win five Oscars, including Best Picture.
"We hope this award will take pride of place on his crowded mantelpiece," the Daily Snack quoted Academy chief Aine Moriarty, as saying.
"His drive, vision and determination have inspired so many young Irish filmmakers over the past three decades who have followed his creative journey in filmmaking, both in front of and behind the camera, moreover since he filmed the epic Braveheart here, which won five Academy Awards," Moriarty added.