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The Berlin Film Festival awarded its Best Director prize today to controversial director Roman Polanski.

The award was given for his new film, 'The Ghost Writer,' which screened at the festival and opened in limited release this weekend here in the Untied States.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Polanski -- who is under house arrest in Switzerland -- accepted the award in a statement read by his producer. "Even if I could come, I wouldn't," he said, "Because the last time I went to a festival to accept an award, I ended up in jail."

Additional prizes were handed out to 'Honey,' which took home the Golden Bear, the festival's equivalent of Best Picture. The Berlin Film Festival awarded its Best Director prize today to controversial director Roman Polanski.

The award was given for his new film, 'The Ghost Writer,' which screened at the festival and opened in limited release this weekend in the U.S.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Polanski -- who is under house arrest in Switzerland -- accepted the award in a statement read by his producer. "Even if I could come, I wouldn't," he said, "Because the last time I went to a festival to accept an award, I ended up in jail."

Additional prizes were handed out to 'Honey,' which took home the Golden Bear, the festival's equivalent of Best Picture.

Today's news marks an interesting twist in the Oscar-winning director's ongoing legal woes, which date back to 1977 when he plead guilty to having sex with a minor. He fled the country shortly after.

Polanski was finally arrested in September of last year and could be extradited to the United States, according to the report.

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'Ghost Writer' Reviews