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Oliver Stone to get top award at Nantucket Film Festival
In this April 17, 2013 file photo, director Oliver Stone answers a question at the Filmmakers' Roundtable and Luncheon at CinemaCon 2013 in Las Vegas.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
  • NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP)
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Three-time Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone, whose movies on often controversial historical topics have had widespread cultural impact, has been named recipient of the top award at this year's Nantucket Film Festival.

Stone is scheduled to receive the Screenwriters Tribute Award at this year's festival scheduled for June 22-27.

He won a best writing Oscar in 1979 for "Midnight Express," and best director Oscars in 1987 for "Platoon" and in 1990 for "Born on the Fourth of July."

His current project is "Snowden," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, the man who leaked classified NSA documents.

Stone served in the Army in Vietnam and earned a Bronze Star.

Comedian and talk show host Seth Meyers is scheduled to host the awards ceremony.