11/28/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Angelina Jolie's Surprise Tribute To Clint Eastwood

The actress - who recently returned from a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan - made a surprise appearance at Monday night's Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala, where she payed tribute to director Clint Eastwood.

In fact, Jolie's appearance was so unexpected, the A-list crowd gasped audibly when she was introduced.

The mother-of-six took time out of her busy schedule to present Eastwood - who helmed her most recent move, The Changeling - with the director of the year award.

"There are some people in this business that are icons, and we often wonder if, when we meet them, they'll live up to what we imagine them to be," she told the audience. "And Clint Eastwood in person is even better."

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