Dream night for Douglas Family: Michael Douglas honored at Film Festival event

--from Daily Sound, Oct 15, 2011

Michael Douglas on Thursday night was honored with the 2011 KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 6th annual black-tie Gala dinner took place at The Four Seasons Biltmore Thursday night.

“The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should be honored here” Kirk Douglas said in a statement. “To tell the truth, I wanted Michael to be a lawyer. I secretly hoped he would be bad so I could tell him to forget it. He wasn’t. But as proud as I am of his achievements on screen, I am even prouder of the humanitarian work he has done for the United Nations and other organizations. I am very happy to give this award to my favorite actor/producer who also happens to be my firstborn son.”


Previous recipients of the award included John Travolta, Ed Harris, Quentin Tarantino, and Harrison Ford.

Douglas has won 2 Academy Awards, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, 4 Emmy Nominations, a Screen Actors Guild award, 6 Golden Globe nominations, and 2 Golden Globe awards.

The Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film serves as a fundraiser for the 27th Santa Barbara International Film Festival which is set to run January 26 through February 5, 2012. For more information, log onto www.sbfilmfestival.org.