Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:41:36 GMT | By AP

Donald Sutherland honored in France

Actor Donald Sutherland has been awarded the honor Commander of the Arts in France for his contribution to cinema.

Donald Sutherland honored in France (© AP)

Sutherland was decorated on Saturday evening at a ceremony in Paris by former French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, who praised the Canadian star's "extraordinary" career -- with diverse roles in films such as Federico Fellini's 'Casanova'.

There were chuckles as Mitterrand struggled to tie the medallion around the 76-year-old actor, who sported the long silver hair last seen for his role in blockbuster movie 'The Hunger Games'.

Sutherland said he loved France, and thanked his French-speaking wife for introducing him to the country's culture through "cinema, but also cheese and baguettes."

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