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San Sebastian's Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award Winners: Gregory Peck, Catherine Deneuve, Julia Roberts

Gregory PeckFive-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close will receive the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 59th edition of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Why is the award called Donostia? Because that's the Basque name of the coastal town of San Sebastian, located in northern Spain's Basque Country.

The first recipient of the Donostia Award was Hollywood veteran Gregory Peck (right) at the 1986 festival. Of the more than 40 actors and actresses (sometimes actor-filmmakers) who have received the award, a mere 8 have been non-Hollywood celebrities: Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, Max von Sydow, Isabelle Huppert, Vittorio Gassman, Liv Ullmann, and Spaniards Francisco Rabal and (Peruvian-born) Fernando Fernán Gómez. Spaniard and Donostia winner Antonio Banderas has had a lengthy Hollywood career – even if nothing to match the prestige of his films for Pedro Almodóvar – and so have British winners like Ian McKellen, Jeremy Irons, and Michael Caine. Below is the full list of Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award winners:

2011: Glenn Close
2010: Julia Roberts
2009: Ian McKellen
2008: Meryl Streep, Antonio Banderas
2007: Liv Ullmann, Richard Gere
2006: Max von Sydow, Matt Dillon
2005: Willem Dafoe, Ben Gazzara
2004: Annette Bening, Jeff Bridges, Woody Allen
2003: Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, Isabelle Huppert
2002: Jessica Lange, Bob Hoskins, Dennis Hopper
2001: Julie Andrews, Warren Beatty, Francisco Rabal
2000: Michael Caine, Robert De Niro
1999: Anjelica Huston, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Vanessa Redgrave
1998: Jeanne Moreau, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich
1997: Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irons
1996: Al Pacino
1995: Lana Turner, Anthony Quinn
1994: Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve
1993: Robert Mitchum
1992: Lauren Bacall
1991: Anthony Perkins
1990: Claudette Colbert
1989: Bette Davis
1988: Vittorio Gassman
1987: Glenn Ford
1986: Gregory Peck

Source: Wikipedia / San Sebastian Film Festival website. Photo via Doctor Macro.

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