Sean Penn to Be Honored for Haiti Relief by Critics Choice Movie Awards

Actor will receive Joel Siegel Award from Broadcast Film Critics Association; sound editors to honor George Watters II

Sean Penn has won another award for his charity work rather than his acting, as the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced on Monday that Penn will receive the 2012 Joel Siegel Award at the 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards on Thursday, January 12.

Sean PennLast January, Penn was given the Stanley Kramer Award by the Producers Guild of America for his charitable work.

This will be the fifth time the BFCA has presented the Joel Siegel Award, which is handed out, in the words of the BFCA release, "to those who understand, as Joel did, that the greatest value of celebrity is as an enhanced platform to do good works for others."

George Clooney will present the award to Penn, who is being singled out for founding the J/P Haitian Relief organization in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, two years to the day before this year's CCMA.

“While it was heartening to see such an outpouring of support and aid for the Haitian people in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, the long-term commitment made by Sean and his organization is particularly notable," said BFCA president Joey Berlin in a release announcing the award.

Penn has previously won Critics Choice Movie Awards for his acting in "Mystic River" and "Milk," and been nominated five additional times.

The Critics Choice Movie Awards will take place at the Hollywood Palladium and will air live on VH1.

Penn's honor was not the only awards-related announcement to be made in the last day. The Motion Picture Sound Editors also announced the recipient of its annual lifetime achievement award, which will be handed out at its Golden Reel Awards ceremony on February 19.

George Watters II, a veteran sound editor who has won two Oscars and been nominated eight times, has been named recipient of the 2012 MPSE Career Achievement Award. His Oscars came for "The Hunt for Red October" and "Pearl Harbor," and his other work includes "Top Gun," "Armageddon" and "The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl."

And in a third awards-show-related announcement, the screen Actors Guild said that Fiji Water will serve as the official water of the 18th SAG Awards.