Brad Pitt 'Keeper of the German Language'
We may know him best as the devilishly handsome provocateur of films such as "Ocean's Eleven" but Brad Pitt may be about to receive a somewhat more salubrious title - the "Keeper of the German Language" for 2014.
The annual award - run through the German language publication "Deutsche Sprachwelt" - is awarded for outstanding services to the German language, and is voted by the public.
The American actor is of German ancestry, speaks the language and is a regular to the country, including during the filming of Quentin Tarantino's 2009 alternative war flick "Inglourious Basterds" shot in Potsdam's historic Babelsberg Studios, and in which Pitt plays a ruthless Nazi hunter.
"I like the language - I even find it beautiful and melodic," Pitt told the "Cologne Express" newspaper.
Despite his Hollywood action training, however, Pitt is up against some formidable opponents for the title - including cabaret artist Monika Gruber for her resistance against the encroachment of political correctness into the German language. Also in the running is the vice president of German parliament, Johannes Singhammer, nominated for his tireless work in promoting the use of the German language within the EU. Volunteer German teachers assisting refugees are also amongst the nominees.
The winner has big boots to fill - previous winners include German rail giant Deutsche Bahn, and former Pope Benedict XVI. Voting is open until January 31, 2015.