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John Travolta to Receive Germany's Golden Camera Award

John Travolta
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The decision could prove controversial as many of the country's citizens view Scientology -- which Travolta actively practices -- as a dangerous cult.

COLOGNE, Germany -- John Travolta will receive the Golden Camera, arguably Germany's most prestigious media award, at a VIP gala in Berlin on Feb. 5.

Travolta will be honored with the best actor international honor, a trophy that has previously gone to such luminaries as Richard Gere, Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage and Sylvester Stallone.

"Receiving the Golden Camera best actor international award is a huge honor for me," Travolta said. "Over the past few months, so many positive things have happened to my family and me: Becoming a dad again has ignited such joy within me. ... But I also take great pride in my work, and it's wonderful to have it recognized in such a way."

"John Travolta is one of the very few stars who have managed to stay on top of Hollywood's A-list for decades," said Christian Hellmann, editor-in-chief at leading German listings magazine Horzu, which presents the Golden Cameras. "He is iconic and one of the greatest actors in the world."

But honoring Travolta could prove controversial in Germany. The Saturday Night Fever and Pulp Fiction star is a prominent Scientologist, and many Germans view Scientology as a dangerous cult.

"Yes, Scientology is controversial in Germany, but we aren't honoring Travolta's beliefs; we're honoring his work," Hellmann said. "And he is and remains one of the most popular stars here."

The 46th Golden Camera awards will be broadcast live on German public network ZDF.