Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas is set to receive an honorary Cesar award, France's version of the Oscar award, at the French Academy's annual ceremony in February.

Michael Douglas. Pic/AFP
Michael Douglas. Pic/AFP

The Cesars ceremony will be held on February 26 at Paris' Chatelet Theatre, two days before the Oscars, said The Hollywood Reporter.

"He manages to embody an impressive variety of characters," said French academy president Alain Terzian, citing performances in such varied films as "The Game", "Traffic" and "Basic Instinct".

The star won a best actor Oscar for "Wall Street" and a best picture Oscar for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", on which he was a producer.

Douglas, 71, also has won a slew of Golden Globes and Emmys for his work throughout the years.

Calling his legacy "straight out of Hollywood magic," the academy cited Douglas' position as Hollywood royalty in addition to his acting and producing work.

"His unique background in American cinema makes him an absolute star, and he has become a legend in his lifetime."

Douglas follows other past honorary recipients of the Cesar, including Sean Penn and Kate Winslet.

Films in contention for Cesars this year include Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan" and the foreign-language Oscar-nominated "Mustang".