The closing ceremony of the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Saturday, July 6 saw the recognition of John Travolta and Oliver Stone's contribution to film industry. The veteran actor and director, along with Czech costume designer Theodor Pistek, were each presented with the Crystal Globe Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema.
"Any Given Sunday" helmer Stone went emotional as he delivered his acceptance speech. "There has always been a tension that haunted me way before Vietnam. My mother; my father; life itself, all my life. All these tensions will not allow me to let this award - or any this or any others - to stop me looking for the next undiscovered land," he said as cited by ScreenDaily.
"I was born an explorer and when I cease exploring I will die. In that spirit I will say do not cease being out there young dreamers that exploration of yourselves ... The world is always in need of regeneration and - filmmakers amongst others - can combine that somewhere out in this crowd. So if you can, you or several of you can truly contribute to this world."
Besides receiving the highest honor, Travolta was present at the Czech Republic festival to premiere his new film "Killing Season", which is due out July 12 in the U.S.
Previous honorees of the same award include Helen Mirren, Harvey Keitel and John Malkovich.