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Hugh Jackman

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is to present its thirteenth annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film to Hugh Jackman, star of upcoming awards contender The Front Runner

The award will be presented at a gala dinner at the Ritz Carlton Bacara in the central California coastal city on November 19. The thirty-fourth annual Santa Barbara festival runs January 30 to February 9, 2019. 

Oscar nominee Jackman is best known for films including The Greatest Showman and Les Miserables and his appearances several of the X-Men franchise entries. In Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, due for North American release on November 6, he plays American politician and potential presidential candidate Gary Hart. The drama screened at the Telluride and Toronto festivals and appears later this month at the BFI London Film Festival. 

The Kirk Douglas award honours lifelong contributors to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind or both. Past recipients include Judi Dench, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Robert DeNiro and John Travolta. 

Commenting on this year’s recipient, Kirk Douglas said: “I am delighted that Hugh Jackman will receive the thirteenth annual Kirk Douglas Award. He’s an exceptional talent of stage and screen, and one of the nicest people in the business. It’s my honor to have my name linked with his on this year’s award.”