Oscar-nominated actor/producer Harrison Ford will be the recipient of the fifth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The event, slated for November 19th, is a black-tie gala fundraiser for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The event will take place at the at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara. Ford's body of work includes 43 feature films, 12 of which have each grossed over $100 million, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for "Witness" (1986).
Ford's upcoming film "Morning Glory" is slated to be released November 12. Set in the dysfunctional world of morning television, Ford plays legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy, who is brought on to save a failing news show where he comes into conflict with his co-anchor Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton). Ford will also star alongside Daniel Craig in the upcoming film "Cowboys and Aliens," directed by Jon Favreau.
"I'm delighted to give this award to Harrison Ford," commented Kirk Douglas in a statement. "It's always a pleasure to honor these young actors who do so well."
The 26th Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to run January 27 - February 6, 2011 in the picturesque California seaside enclave. SBIFF typically screens around 200 films over 11 days.