Donald Trump Gives Angelina Jolie's Dad a Medal

AFP

Washington, EU / 21.11.2019 17:48:02

President Donald Trump recognized Oscar winner Jon Voight on Thursday, one of his few followers openly in Hollywood, and said he fought tears when he watched one of the actor's films.

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"Great nations produces great thinkers, artists, musicians, and scholars who make our world a more beautiful, enlightened, and joyful place." pic.twitter.com/iu7OatQmXT

– The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 21, 2019

Voight, 80, is among the eight people who received the National Medal of Arts and the National Medal of Humanities at a ceremony at the White House, the highest state recognition for artists.

The actor won in 1970 the Academy Award for best actor for Coming Home, with the interpretation of a Vietnam paraplegic veteran, next to Jane Fonda.

He starred in Midnight Cowboy with Dustin Hoffman and also participated in Deliverance and Odessa File, among other successes.

Trump said another Voight film, The Champ, was the "best blockbuster movie of all time."

"Everyone was crying in that movie. I tried not to, Jon, but it wasn't easy," the president said.

The artists and pioneers receiving the National Medal of the Arts today have entertained millions, enriched American art and culture, and given us insights to the complexity of the human mind and heart. pic.twitter.com/WtEQ1uWsXC

– The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 21, 2019

Voight has been a great defender of Republicans publicly in Hollywood, breaking ranks with most of his colleagues who have long been inclined to Democrats.

His daughter, actress Angelina Jolie, is a fierce critic of Trump. He was not seen at the medal delivery ceremony in the east hall of the White House.

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