Is there anyone out there who doesn’t know Harrison Ford is? I don’t think there are many people who could argue that Ford hasn’t had the dream career — some people may even call 43 feature films, 12 of which have each grossed over $100 million, and Academy Award nomination for Best Actor an “excellent” career, and so why not drink some booze and give him a statue for all his work?! Kirk Douglas seems to be happy about his trophy going to him…
“I’m delighted to give this award to Harrison Ford,” commented Douglas. “It’s always a pleasure to honor these young actors who do so well.”
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has just announced that they are honored to present the fifth annual “Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film” to the legendary Ford and they will be celebrating in style with a black-tie Gala dinner, which also conveniently serves as a fundraiser for SBIFF. Luckily it all goes to a good cause! Unlike many other film festivals, SBIFF is actually a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form, not just making money!
The event will take place at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Friday, November 19, 2010. Hopefully Ford will be in attendance and in a decent mood — something tells me gala dinners and black ties aren’t his thing, but what do I know!
Take a little peak at his film career below….
Ford first turned heads playing Bob Falfa in George Lucas’, American Graffiti (1973). A few years later Lucas cast him as the cocky rebel starship pilot Han Solo in Star Wars. The film shattered all box office records and made Ford a household name. After starring in a few more films such as Hanover Street(1978) and The Frisco Kid (1979), as well as a cameo in Apocalypse Now (1979), he donned the famous fedora as Indiana Jones in Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
Between the Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983), and the Raiders sequels Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), andIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Ford took on many other roles which enabled him to demonstrate immense range as an actor. He delivered a gritty performance as a cop in the nihilistic future LA in Blade Runner (1982); he received an Academy Award nomination for his role as a cop on the lam hiding out in Amish country in Witness (1985); he portrayed an eccentric idealistic inventor in The Mosquito Coast (1986); he portrayed a Hitchcock protagonist in Frantic (1988) before showing his flair for romantic comedy in Mike Nichols’ Working Girl (1988). He portrayed a lawyer accused of murder in Presumed Innocent (1990); a doctor wrongly convicted of murder in Andy Jones’ The Fugitive (1993); he was President in Air Force One (1997), a NY City cop in The Devil’s Own (1997) and, of course, brought Tom Clancy’s novel character Jack Ryan to the silver screen in, Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994).
Ford’s upcoming film Morning Glory is slated to be released November 12, 2010. Set in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television, Ford plays legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy, who is brought on to save a failing news show where he comes into conflict with his co-anchor Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton). Ford will also star alongside Daniel Craig in the upcoming film Cowboys and Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau.
The 26th Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to run January 27 through February 6, 2011.
Way to go Ford! As if you needed another statue and numerous people telling you how amazing you are!