The prize will be given at the organization’s annual awards dinner on Jan. 13 at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Calif. Other top awards will be decided by the membership on Dec. 3 and presented at the January event.
“We are thrilled to give the career achievement award to such a magnificently talented actor,” said LAFCA president Claudia Puig. “Over the six decades he’s commanded the screen, Mr. von Sydow has earned a reputation as the greatest living actor. Among his more than 100 roles, he has played characters as disparate as an assassin, a king, an exorcist, the devil and Jesus Christ — in several languages — and has worked with filmmakers from around the world including Ingmar Bergman, Bertrand Tavernier, Sydney Pollack, Penny Marshall, Martin Scorsese, and Wim Wenders.”
Von Sydow has been nominated for Academy Awards for 2011’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and 1987’s “Pelle the Conqueror.” The 88-year-old Swedish-born actor will next be seen in “Kursk,” a drama about the submarine disaster of 2000 — directed by Thomas Vinterberg, and co-starring Lea Seydoux and Colin Firth.
“From iconic roles in ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Pelle the Conqueror,’ to his most recent turns in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ Max von Sydow remains a massively vital actor whose extraordinary work inspires us all,” Puig said.