Michael Douglas to receive George Eastman Award

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Michael Douglas to receive George Eastman Award

George Eastman House will honor Academy Award winner Michael Douglas with the George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures, on Thursday, May 14.

Michael Douglas to receive George Eastman Award

George Eastman House will honor Academy Award winner Michael Douglas with the George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures, on Thursday, May 14. The award recognizes Douglas’s distinguished contribution to the art of film. In accepting the honor, he joins the company of film legends such as Charles Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Cecil B. DeMille, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Martin Scorsese, James Stewart, and Meryl Streep. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.

An actor with nearly fifty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, Douglas has brought to the screen some of the most memorable characters in modern Hollywood, including Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate raider in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He made his film debut inCast a Giant Shadow (1966), but it was his breakout role on the television series The Streets of San Francisco (1972–76) that put Michael Douglas on the map. He branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award–winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and since then has proven his skill for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns. Douglas has produced or acted in more than 75 motion picture films and television series, and has more than forty industry awards to his name, including two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.

“Michael Douglas’s contribution to the art of cinema as both actor and producer have established him as an elite member of the motion picture community,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman House. “The breadth and depth of his talents are manifest in the projects he has pursued and the recognition he has received from film critics, his peers, and the Academy. We are honored to bestow upon him the George Eastman Award this spring, and we look forward to his visit to Eastman House.”

Image above: © Georges Biard, Michael Douglas at the Deauville film festival, 2013, source Wikimedia commons.

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