Written by: FFT Webmaster | October 21st, 2011
It was a special moment for actor Michael Douglas last week when he received the 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellent In Film from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at a black-tie gala dinner at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. The Gala serves as a fundraiser for the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which is set to run January 26 through February 5, 2012. Douglas was being honored for his 30 plus year career in feature films, which has including such memorable films as THE CHINA SYNDROME, ROMANCING THE STONE, FATAL ATTRACTION, WALL STREET, THE WAR OF THE ROSES, BASIC INSTINCT, FALLING DOWN, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, WONDER BOYS and TRAFFIC. After a year that saw him reprise his Oscar winning role of Gordon Gekko in the sequel WALL STREET 2: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS and wage a public battle against throat cancer, Douglas is getting back in front of the cameras in the coming months to portray flamboyant performer Liberace in a biopic to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. Previous recipients of the film honor include such enduring stars as John Travolta, Ed Harris, Quentin Tarantino, and Harrison Ford.