Oscar winner, actress, trailblazer and tastemaker Jane Fonda is set to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award on October 3 at a black-tie gala at Bacara Resort & Spa.
“Jane Fonda obviously has the right genes. Her acting performances set a standard that’s hard to follow,” said original award recipient, Kirk Douglas, in a statement.
This news arrives amid awards buzz for Fonda’s brief yet scene-stealing turn as a recalcitrant film actress in Paolo Sorrentino’s Fox Searchlight Oscar contender “Youth,” led by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel (December 4). Fonda has twice won an Oscar, for “Klute” (1971) and “Coming Home” (1978), and is an Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA winner. In 2014 she received the AFI Life Achievement Award.
Fonda is also currently filming the second season of Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” in which she stars opposite Lily Tomlin as a spurned retiree whose husband divorces her after coming out of the closet.
Gala proceeds will support SBIFF’s educational efforts and mentorship programs, including the festival’s new summer initiative Film Camp.
Past honorees of this starry annual tribute, which this year falls ahead of the film festival in February 2016, include Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.