The San Francisco Film Society has selected Ellen Burstyn as the recipient of its Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting.
The award will be presented at the April 25 awards night for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion.
“Ellen Burstyn’s extraordinary career in film and television has provided some of cinema’s most indelible performances,” said Noah Cowan, the festival’s executive director. “She has collaborated with some of the medium’s finest directors over many years and in a remarkable range of genres. Her recent performance in Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ is perhaps her bravest yet — caustic, sincere and unforgettable.”
Burstyn will also be publicly honored at An Afternoon with Ellen Burstyn at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from Burstyn’s notable acting career will be followed by a screening of Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” for which Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar.
In 1975, Burstyn became the third woman in history to win both the Tony Award and the Academy Award in the same year, for her work in Bernard Slade’s “Same Time, Next Year” on Broadway and in Martin Scorsese’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” She won her first Emmy in 2009 for a guest appearance in “Law & Order: SVU” and her second for USA’s miniseries “Political Animals” in 2013.
Films released later this year include James Lapine’s “Custody” and Solondz’s “Wiener-Dog,” which is screening at the San Francisco Film Festival.
Previous recipients of the Film Society’s Peter J. Owens Award include Richard Gere, Jeremy Irons, Harrison Ford, Judy Davis, Terence Stamp, Robert Duvall, Robert Redford, Maria Bello, Robin Williams, Ed Harris, Joan Allen, Chris Cooper, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Spacey, Stockard Channing, Winona Ryder, Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Annette Bening and Harvey Keitel.