Michael Douglas to Receive Icon Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival 


Michael Douglas is set to receive the Icon Award on Thursday, January 13, at the 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). The actor will get his award following a screening of "Solitary Man." The Icon Award is given to an individual who has created a great body of work which symbolizes the highest level of achievement.

Festival Director Darryl Macdonald called Douglas an "American treasure" and is "deserving of celebration."

Here's the rest of the press release:

The Festival will devote an evening to the Oscar® winning actor and producer, as part of its Talking Pictures: The Contenders Series, which focuses on the films and the actors that are emerging among the front-runners leading up to the Academy Award nominations. The tribute will include the presentation of its Icon Award, a selection of clips from his films, an on-stage conversation with Douglas and Variety’s Peter Bart and a screening of Solitary Man. In the film Douglas stars as a car magnate who watches his personal and professional life spin out of control because he cannot control his own appetites in this wry seriocomedy from directors Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Jenna Fisher, Mary-Louise Parker, Jesse Eisenberg and Danny Devito.

Michael Douglas is an actor with over 35 years of experience in the theatre, film and television. Douglas has starred in such high profile works as The Streets of San Francisco, Romancing the Stone, Fatal Attraction, The War of the Roses, Basic Instinct and The American President. His performance as the ruthless corporate raider Gordon Gekko in Wall Street earned him the 1987 Academy Award for Best Actor. His other film credits include Wonder Boys, Disclosure, Falling Down, The Game, A Perfect Murder, The Sentinel, The King of California and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Throughout his career, Douglas has also served as producer on many influential films including Traffic, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The China Syndrome, Flatliners, Made in America, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker, Face/Off and One Night at McCool’s. This year Douglas also starred in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps for which he is nominated for a Golden Globe. Douglas is a United Nations Messenger of Peace focusing on nuclear proliferation and small arms control.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the most prestigious and well-attended film festivals in North America, welcoming more than 130,000 attendees each year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the year’s cinematic achievements. The celebrated list of honorees this year include: Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Danny Boyle, Robert Duvall, Colin Firth, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, David O. Russell, Diane Warren and the cast of The Social Network.

The Festival’s 22nd annual Awards Gala is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. Renewing sponsors of this year’s Festival are Title Sponsor The City of Palm Springs and Presenting Sponsors The Desert Sun, the City of Indian Wells, Spencer’s Restaurant and KPSP Local 2. Major Sponsors include Bank of America, Penfolds the Official Wine of the Festival, Regal Entertainment, Ketel One, Desert Regional Medical Center, Integrated Wealth Management, Wessman Development, Guthy-Renker, Wells Fargo, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Chihuly Art Glass, Panavision, Larry Abel Designs and Ocean Properties Development. The Festival runs from January 6-17, 2011. For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.


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