King Kong ain’t got nothing on Denzel Washington.
The decorated A-lister, whose career started with an uncredited role in 1974’s Death Wish, will receive the 2014 Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the 62nd San Sebastián International Film Festival this September in Spain. The honor puts the Academy Award-winner (and four-time Best Actor nominee) in the same category as past recipients like Al Pacino (1996), Jessica Lange (2002), and Meryl Streep (2008).
Washington’s newest bestowment will coincide with the European release of The Equalizer, his second collaboration with director Antoine Fuqua, and a Sony Pictures’ reboot of the 1980s CBS television drama. According to Variety, the project is buzzing with Oscars potential, considering Fuqua’s Training Day was responsible for earning Washington his second Academy Award, and Washington’s character-driven acting repertoire: Malcolm X, The Hurricane, and Flight, for starts.
The Equalizer, starring Washington, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Melissa Leo will land in theaters September 26.