Douglas lands dad’s award at Santa Barbara Film Festival

The Wall Street icon was named the recipient of the 2011 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film and stars including Bo Derek, Annette Bening and Danny DeVito – as well as Douglas’ wife Catherine Zeta-Jones – attended the prizegiving at the Four Seasons hotel.

Kirk Douglas told the audience, “The first time I saw Michael Douglas act was in a play at UC (University of California) Santa Barbara, so it is fitting that a career that started here should be honoured here.

“To tell the truth, I wanted Michael to be a lawyer. I secretly hoped he would be bad (at acting) so I could tell him to forget it. He wasn’t. But as proud as I am of his achievements on screen, I am even prouder of the humanitarian work he has done for the United Nations and other organisations.

“I am very happy to give this award to my favourite actor/producer who also happens to be my firstborn son.”

The 94 year old then presented his son with the trophy and they kissed as Zeta-Jones clapped and looked on proudly.

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