Michael Douglas to Receive Honorary Cesar Award From French Academy

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The double Oscar winner will get an honorary Cesar award at this year's ceremony.

Two-time Oscar winner Michael Douglas will now add a Cesar to his golden statue collection. The actor will receive an honorary Cesar — France’s version of the Oscar — award at the French Academy's annual ceremony in February.

“He manages to embody an impressive variety of characters,” said French academy president Alain Terzian, citing performances in such varied films as The Game, Traffic and Basic Instinct.

The star won a best actor Oscar for Wall Street and a best picture Oscar for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, on which he was a producer. Douglas also has won a slew of Golden Globes and Emmys for his work throughout the years.

Calling his legacy “straight out of Hollywood magic,” the academy cited Douglas’ position as Hollywood royalty in addition to his acting and producing work. “His unique background in American cinema makes him an absolute star, and he has become a legend in his lifetime.”

Douglas follows other past honorary recipients of the Cesar, including Sean Penn and Kate Winslet.

Films in contention for Cesars this year include Cannes Palme d’Or winner Dheepan and the foreign-language Oscar-nominated Mustang. The Cesars ceremony will be held on Feb. 26 at Paris’ Chatelet Theatre, two days before the Oscars.

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