Jane Fonda will receive the 10th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced today. The two-time Oscar winner “obviously has the right genes,” said original recipient Douglas, an old pal of Fonda’s dad Henry Fonda. “Her acting performances set a standard that’s hard to follow.”
The award will be presented at a black-tie gala on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. (The fest itself runs February 3-13, 2016). Fonda, currently costarring with Lilly Tomlin on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, joins past Douglas Awardees Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris. and John Travolta. The prize honors lifetime contributions to film.
Fonda, whose first big Hollywood splash was 1962’s Period of Adjustment, won the first of her two Best Actress Oscars for 1971’s brilliant Klute, following up eight years later for Coming Home. She’s been nominated for They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Julia, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond and The Morning After. More recently, Fonda turned to TV, with Grace and Frankie and her Emmy-nominated performance on HBO’s The Newsroom.
She’ll next be seen in Fox Searchlight’s Youth, which debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival and will be released in the United States on December 4.
The October 3 gala will be held at at the Bacara Resort & Spa.