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Johnny Depp Set To Receive A Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Stewart Perrie

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Johnny Depp Set To Receive A Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

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Johnny Depp is being honoured for his 'outstanding contributions to the film world' with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Spain's San Sebastian International Film Festival is bestowing its Donostia Award to the Hollywood star.

The 58-year-old has been awarded the coveted prize for his lengthy career and for being 'one of contemporary cinema's most talented and versatile actors'.

The lifetime achievement announcement has been shrouded in controversy as Depp hasn't had the best press in the last few years.

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Depp was dropped from major projects like Fantastic Beasts 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 6 after after his failed libel suit against British tabloid The Sun.

A judge upheld the newspaper's editorial decision to call him a 'wife beater' after details of his toxic relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard were aired.

Despite this damning incident, the San Sebastian International Film Festival still felt Depp is worthy of its Donostia Award.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the festival's director José Luis Rebordinos said the actor is still an incredible performer and his work prior to the court case stands on its own.

"The role of a film festival is not to judge the conduct of members of the film industry. The role of a film festival is to select the most relevant and interesting films of the year and to extend recognition to those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the art of film," Rebordinos said.

"The Donostia Award to Johnny Depp is our recognition of a great actor, a man of cinema with a great career, who visited us last year as producer of the film Crock of Gold: A Few Round With Shane Macgowan by Julien Temple, which won the Special Jury Prize."

Donald Sutherland receiving the award back in 2019. Credit: PA
Donald Sutherland receiving the award back in 2019. Credit: PA

Depp is set to receive the award in mid-September and it will be the third time he's attended the film festival.

It comes after the actor had a recent victory in the courts as he continues to battle his ex-wife.

Amber Heard promised to donate the AU$9.4 million she secured as part of the divorce settlement to the the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

But Depp questioned whether this actually happened when the pledge was made after they split in 2016.

Depp's lawyer Andrew Caldecott said the donation was 'a calculated and manipulative lie' that 'tipped the scales against Mr Depp from the very beginning', according to The Independent.

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A New York judge partially granted their petition to make the ACLU unlock their financial documents to prove whether Heard did indeed give over the substantial amount of money.

A representative for Depp said the actor is 'most gratified by the Court's decision' that will see whether his ex-wife upheld her commitment to the ACLU.

Caldecott claimed the Children's Hospital Los Angeles revealed back in 2019 that they hadn't received a cent from Heard.

But lawyers for British newspaper The Sun hit back at the allegation and said Heard was planning to distribute the payments over 10 years.

Topics: johnny depp, Entertainment, Celebrity

Stewart Perrie
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