Fact: Harrison Ford is a Hollywood legend.
Whatever you think of his bumpy stretch in the 2000s — we’re thinking Hollywood Homicide, Firewall, and Extraordinary Measures — nothing can change his breadth of work from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, as well as his upswing in the second decade of the new millennium (including 2010’s Morning Glory, April’s Jackie Robinson biopic 42, Winter 2013’s Ender’s Game, and his latest assignment, Anchorman 2). Ford has done a little bit of everything Hollywood has to offer over the course of his career and, for the most part, his work ranks as some of the best in film history.
Amazingly, Ford has never been honored with an Academy Award for his body of work — he was nominated in 1986 for Peter Weir’s Witness, but lost. The man who brought us Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Dr. Richard Kimble, Jack Ryan, Rick Deckard, and President James “GET OFF MY PLANE!” Marshall has gone most of his career without an accolade. CinemaCon — the biggest convention in the movie industry — aims to fix that.
The convention has named Ford as its honoree for the 2013, with a ceremony scheduled to honor the actor on April 18, in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas. Ford previously earned lifetime achievement recognition at the 2002 Golden Globes, but CinemaCon hopes to stand out by paying tribute to all of his work — from prestigious parts to blockbuster hero roles. “Yeah, you love Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but don’t forget What Lies Beneath, Six Days Seven Nights, and K-19 the Widowmaker!” CinemaCon’s official press releases subtextual screams.
CinemaCon’s announcement may not be the most important milestone in Ford’s career, but it is a great excuse to look back at his nearly 40 years of work on the big screen. So now it’s time to cast your vote:
What is your favorite Harrison Ford movie role?
Take our poll below. Explain your choice or defend a movie that isn’t on the list in the comments below!
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