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Michael Douglas to receive Icon Award in Palm Springs

By Sean O’Connell It was a productive year for Michael Douglas. The legendary actor revived his Oscar-winning Gordon Gekko character for a “Wall Street” sequel, and generated some awards buzz for his unselfish turn in “Solitary Man.”

But it was a humbling year for Douglas, as well, as he revealed to the public his struggle with cancer, then dealt with the physical and emotional obstacles that accompany just such a battle.

However, it’s his professional accomplishments that are carrying Douglas to Palm Springs, where the actor will be honored with the Icon Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Something tells me Douglas wouldn’t have it any other way.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to honor Michael Douglas at a time when both his creative prowess and his contributions to world cinema have never been more evident — or more deserving of celebration,” festival director Darryl Macdonald said. “Simply put, he’s an American treasure.”

Douglas will receive the honor at a Jan. 13 presentation as part of the festival’s Talking Pictures: The Contenders series, according to THR.

The 22nd edition of the Palm Springs festival runs Jan. 6-17.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • December 27, 2010 | Permalink |

    Michael Douglas, always a favorite of mine!!!

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