True Grit directors the Coen Brothers have been named as the recipients of an Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.
The US filmmakers, whose films include Fargo and A Serious Man, are the 2011 winners of the Dan David Prize.
The prize celebrates the work of individuals or groups in three categories, past, present and future. Worth $1 million each, the prizes have been awarded since 2002 by Israeli philanthropist Dan David and Tel Aviv University.
After making his film debut in the dog comedy Beethoven, Joseph Leonard Gordon Levitt shot to television fame with a role in the alien comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun.
A graduate of Columbia University, he was born in Los Angeles to a radio presenter father and political activist mother. In 1999 he starred opposite Heath Ledger in the Shakespeare-inspired teen comedy Ten Things I Hate About You.
Jewish stars including Natalie Portman and Aaron Sorkin walked away with some of Britain's most important film honours tonight at the Bafta ceremony in London.
With just two weeks to go until the Oscars in Los Angeles, the Jerusalem-born Ms Portman repeated her success at the Golden Globes to win Best Actress for her part in Darren Aronofsky's thriller Black Swan. Too pregnant to fly - she is expecting her first child with the film's choreographer later this year - Mr Aronofsky collected the award in her place.