Ryan Gosling is set to receive the prestigious Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. This will be the second time the award has been given since Kirk Douglas passed away. The ceremony will take place on January 1st at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, California. In a statement, Roger Durling, the festival's executive director, praised Gosling's talent, calling him a "dramatic and comedic force in front of the camera." Durling also highlighted Gosling's remarkable performance as Ken in the critically acclaimed film "Barbie," which garnered attention from both critics and audiences worldwide.
Gosling's impressive career has earned him two Oscar nominations, one for "Half Nelson" and another for "La La Land." He has also received four Golden Globe nominations, winning for his role in "La La Land." In addition, he has been recognized with a Film Independent Spirit Award and a National Board of Review Award. He has received numerous BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild nominations as well.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival previously honored Gosling with the Outstanding Performer of the Year award in 2017 for his outstanding performance in "La La Land." His upcoming project is David Leitch's "The Fall Guy," in which he will star alongside Emily Blunt. Established in 2006, the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film is given annually to individuals who have made significant contributions to cinema, both in front of and behind the camera.
Previous recipients of this prestigious award include Michelle Yeoh, Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta. The 39th Santa Barbara International Film Festival is scheduled to take place from February 7-17, 2024. The festival's film lineup and schedule will be announced in January.