Hugh Jackman to Get Zurich Festival’s Golden Icon Honor

Jackman will travel to Zurich to receive his award.
Jackman will travel to Zurich to receive his award.
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BERLIN – Hugh Jackman will receive the Golden Icon Award from the Zurich International Film Festival next month, the festival announced on Friday.

The honor, which in previous years has gone to Sean Penn, Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman, will be presented to Jackman in Zurich on Sept. 28.

The festival will also hold a gala screening for Jackman’s latest film, the thriller Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve and co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal.

“Hugh Jackman is in a class by himself as a multi-talented entertainer with a global following,” said Zurich festival director Karl Spoerri. “There is nothing he can’t do and he proves this time and time again with every project he’s involved in. We’re honored to recognize his brilliant career at the Zurich Film Festival.”

The Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning actor is perhaps most famous for his portrayal of comic book hero Wolverine in the X-Men and Wolverine film franchises. The latest of the film, The Wolverine, has already grossed more than $350 million worldwide. The Australian actor will revive the sharp-clawed superhero character in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is set for a May 2014 release.

Jackman has also wowed audiences with his singing chops, both on Broadway, where he last year received a special Tony Award for his contribution to the theater community, and on screen in Tom Hooper’s Oscar-nominated Les Miserables. Jackman’s role as Jean Valjean earned him a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy/musical and his first-ever best actor Oscar nomination.

In Prisoners, Jackman plays a man forced to take matters into his own hands after his young daughter and her best friend disappear without a trace. Viola Davis and Melissa Leo also star.

The 9th annual Zurich International Film Festival runs Sept. 26-Oct. 6.

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