Warren Beatty in RULES DON'T APPLY
Warren Beatty in RULES DON’T APPLY

Academy Award winner Warren Beatty will be honored with the eleventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on December 1, 2016. Beatty will next be seen as Howard Hughes in 20th Century Fox’s RULES DON’T APPLY, which he also wrote and directed.

Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, which this year coincides with Douglas’s 100th birthday, has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.

“Warren Beatty upholds the highest artistic standards of the film industry,” says Kirk Douglas, original award recipient. “His choice of material has entertained us as well as made us think more deeply about the world we live in. I’m delighted he is accepting this recognition of his extraordinary talent.”

The 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place February 1 to 11, 2017

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