Hit French comedy The Intouchables has become the first ever film to be honoured by the charity set up by late Superman actor Christopher Reeve.
The movie, which tells the story of a paralysed millionaire and his young, live-in carer, has shattered box office records around the world since its release earlier this year (12) and will now receive an award from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for its compelling subject matter.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will accept the Dana Reeve Hope Award on behalf of the film's two directors, Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, at a fundraising gala in New York in November (12).
Peter T. Wilderotter, president and Ceo of the Reeve Foundation, says in a statement, "The Dana Reeve Hope Award is presented to a person or organisation that has shown amazing grace, strength and fortitude... It is only fitting that we honour The Intouchables for touching audiences worldwide and reminding us of the commonalities shared between all of us, no matter the circumstances."
Weinstein adds, "Christopher and Dana Reeve have bettered the lives of millions, and the fact that this film is the first ever to be honoured by them shows us how the film's true story touches the hearts of so many like it did ours."
Superman star Reeve was paralysed in a horse-riding accident in 1995 and his wife, Dana, helped care for him until his death in 2004. Dana died of lung cancer two years later (06).