Publicity shy Warren Beatty will be the center of attention at a fundraiser in Hollywood for the Santa Barbara film festival on Dec. 1. He is to be honored with a lifetime achievement award, named for Kirk Douglas who celebrates his centennial on Dec. 9. That Hollywood legend, who received this prize named for him 11 years ago, said, “Warren Beatty upholds the highest artistic standards of the film industry, 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.”
Expect to see a lot of Beatty in the weeks leading up to the event as his first film in 15 years, “Rules Don’t Apply,” opens on Nov. 23. This period piece from FoxWarr, long in development, features Beatty as Howard Hughes who plays match maker between his limo driver (Alden Ehrenreich) and a starlet (Lily Collins).
The film, which Beatty also wrote, directed and produced, will open the AFI Fest on Nov. 10. He has not helmed a feature since “Bulworth” back in 1998. That political satire, which he also wrote, produced and starred in, was a misfire. However, twice before that, Beatty reaped Oscar nominations across the board for doing quadruple duty on “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) and “Reds” (1981). While he lost all of the bids for the former, he prevailed for helming the latter.
Besides Beatty, only Orson Welles ever managed that category sweep with his landmark film “Citizen Kane” back in 1941; he and Herman J. Mankiewicz shared the writing prize. In all, Beatty has reaped 14 Academy Award nominations – four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay.
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