Jane Fonda to Receive Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor the Oscar-winning actress at its annual black-tie gala in October.

Jane Fonda has been selected to receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s tenth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, which will be presented to her at a black-tie gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Oct. 3.

A two-time best actress Oscar winner for her work in Klute and Coming Home, Fonda will next be seen in Fox Searchlight’s Youth, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, which is scheduled for release on Dec. 4. She also appears in the Netflix comedy series Grace and Frankie, which is currently filming its second season.

Since 2006, the Kirk Douglas Award has been given to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris and John Travolta.

"Jane Fonda obviously has the right genes. Her acting performances set a standard that’s hard to follow," Kirk Douglas, the award’s original recipient said in a statement issued by the festival.

Proceeds from the gala support the educational and community programs hosted by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The 31st annual edition of the festival will take place from Feb. 3 through Feb. 13.