The Cannes Film Festival will honor Michael Douglas with an honorary Palme d’Or for his outstanding career and contributions to cinema. The 78-year-old actor will be celebrated during the festival’s opening ceremony on May 16. Douglas has had a diverse career, starring in numerous acclaimed films like The China Syndrome, Basic Instinct, Falling Down, and Behind the Candelabra, all of which have previously been shown at Cannes.
In 1987, Michael Douglas played the iconic role of banker Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, which earned him an Academy Award. He has continued to have a prominent presence in the film industry with recent roles in Marvel’s Antman films and an award-winning performance in the TV series The Kominsky Method. Douglas is the son of Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, and he began his career as a producer of the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in 1975, which also won him an Oscar. He was last seen at the Cannes Film Festival for the screening of Behind the Candelabra, where he played the beloved character of flamboyant pianist Liberace.
Previous recipients of the honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival have included Forest Whitaker, Agnes Varda, and Jodie Foster. The festival will take place from May 16-27 and will feature premieres of highly anticipated films such as the new Indiana Jones and Martin Scorsese movies. The opening film will be Jeanne du Barry, which marks Johnny Depp’s return to the big screen.
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