Dustin Hoffman is having quite a year. The 75-year-old actor who just debuted his inaugural directing effort at the Toronto International Film Festival this last weekend will be among seven recipients of the annual Kennedy Center Honors.
The award given for lifetime achievement in the performing arts also will be presented to comedian and talk show host David Letterman, who at 65 recently celebrated his 30th year of late-night television; 76-year old bluesman Buddy Guy; iconic rock band Led Zeppelin; and Soviet Union-born prima ballerina Natalia Makarova, 71.
"With their extraordinary talent, creativity and tenacity, the seven 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees have contributed significantly to the cultural life of our nation and the world," said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.
The Kennedy Center Honors will be held on Dec. 2 at the Kennedy Center Opera House stage.
Last year's honorees included singer Barbara Cook, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins and actress Meryl Streep.