Jon Favreau, Kirk Douglas, Harrison Ford, and Andy Davis

Courtesy Photo

Jon Favreau, Kirk Douglas, Harrison Ford, and Andy Davis

Harrison Ford Receives 2010 Kirk Douglas Award

SBIFF Gala at the Coral Casino Honors Longtime Actor

The cool breeze blowing in from the Pacific met bright lights on the deck of the Coral Casino last Friday, November 19 as Hollywood players and Santa Barbara International Film Festival patrons gathered to salute Harrison Ford as this year’s Kirk Douglas Award honoree.

Ford’s wife, Calista Flockhart, and Jon Favreau, the director of his current project, the sci-fi blockbuster Cowboys and Aliens, were among those present to cheer on the reticent star as he worked the red carpet, ate dinner to clips from his films, and gave a characteristically modest acceptance speech. Kirk Douglas introduced Ford with his familiar and charming blend of affectionate teasing and one-upsmanship, telling the black-tie crowd that he would have portrayed Indiana Jones himself, “but Harrison Ford got there first.”

Roger Durling, Harrison Ford, and Calista Flockhart
Click to enlarge photo

Courtesy Photo

Roger Durling, Harrison Ford, and Calista Flockhart

Ford stuck to the script about his life that he has recited throughout his career, insisting that he has “the best job in the world” and reminiscing about the day when he could finally stop going back to carpentry between acting jobs.

“I came into the business at a time when there were enormously talented people challenging the Hollywood system,” Ford said, referring to early mentors like George Lucas. “They were changing the way stories were being told, the way films were being made, and I rode on that wave. My success is the success of other really talented people. I was lucky to be part of a really exciting time in this business.”

Guests at the awards dinner certainly shared his sentiments, and demonstrated through their enthusiastic applause that for Harrison Ford, the excitement is still there.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

You Solve It,’ City Tells County on Library Money Shortage

To avoid financial shortfall, city sends ball back to county's court.

Vigil for Victims in Palestine Held at Courthouse

Community gathers to protest injustice.

Stoker to Be Sworn into EPA Job

Former Santa Barbara County supervisor confirms his appointment as regional head of Environmental Protection Agency.

Live Stream of Channel Island Falcons Makes History

Webcam follows wild peregrine falcon family on the Channel Islands.

Sonos Informs Employees of Potential Layoffs

'Restructuring' could affect 96; how many in Santa Barbara unknown.