Ron Howard will be honoured by New York's Museum of the Moving Image atits 21st annual black tie salute on Dec 4, when friends andcolleagues will present highlight footage from the filmmaker's career.

"Ron Howard has played an essential role in the world of the moving image since he was a child," museum director Rochelle Slovin said. "He has delighted us as an actor, and has awed and enthralled us as a director and producer.

The Oscar winning director of A Beautiful Mind follows in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg, Robert DeNiro, Goldie Hawn and James Stewart, among others.