Actor-filmmaker Warren Beatty will receive the 11th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film this year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The honour will be presented at a fundraising dinner on December 1, one week after Beatty’s latest film, “Rules Don’t Apply”, will hit theatres on November 23, reports variety.com.

This year the event coincides with Douglas’s 100th birthday, which is on December 9.

Previous recipients of the award include Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Douglas himself.

“Warren Beatty upholds the highest artistic standards of the film industry,” Douglas said.

“His choice of material has entertained us as well as made us think more deeply about the world we live in. I’m delighted he is accepting this recognition of his extraordinary talent,” Douglas added.

The 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from February 1-11.

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