- Associated Press - Sunday, June 10, 2012

PARIS (AP) - Actor Donald Sutherland has been awarded the honor Commander of the Arts in France for his contribution to cinema.

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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