Michael Douglas Set for Honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

Michael Douglas being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018
Michael Douglas being honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018. Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (9969676w)

Michael Douglas has a pretty impressive collection of shiny accolades and he’s getting ready to add another one to his shelf. The acclaimed actor will receive the Honorary Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Douglas will collect his honorary award during the special tribute at the opening ceremony on May 16. The previously unreleased documentary on his life and legacy, titled Michael Douglas, The Prodigal Son, will be screened on the festival grounds for two days ahead of May 16.

Douglas said it’s always a breath of fresh air to be in Cannes, adding it’s an honor to return to the Croisette to open the festival after 50 years in the business.

“From my first time here in 1979 for The China Syndrome to my most recent premiere for Behind the Candelabra in 2013, the Festival has always reminded me that the magic of cinema is not just in what we see onscreen but in its ability to impact people all around the world,” said Douglas in a statement.

The 76th Cannes Film Festival will take place between May 16 and 27, with Jeanne du Barry serving as the opening film. The Swedish director Ruben Östlund will preside over the jury, which will also include Paul Dano, Brie Larson, and Julia Ducournau.