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SBIFF to Honor Daniel Day-Lewis with Montecito Award


Lincoln is now officially the highest grossing film of Daniel Day-Lewis’ career. If you adjust for inflation, it comes in second.

Now, the Santa Barbara Film Fest will honor him with the Montecito Award, which I will hopefully witness in person.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will
be garnering two-time Academy Award® winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis with the prestigious
Montecito Award at the 28th edition of the Festival on behalf of his inspirational performance in the title role of Lincoln, and as a celebration of his overall career. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the historic Arlington Theatre and is sponsored by Bridlewood Estate Winery.

The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic
and standout performances throughout his/her career and has previously been presented to
luminaries such as Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts
and Annette Bening, who was the very first recipient in 2005.

“Daniel Day-Lewis continues to inspire the industry and the public by his approach to tackling the
most complex of characters and delivering brilliant performances time after time,” said Executive
Director Roger Durling. “He is indicative of what the Montecito Award represents and we are
thrilled to be presenting this to him this year.”

Daniel Day-Lewis’s most recent work includes his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in
Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln. This historical drama focuses on Lincoln’s final months in office
and his mission to abolish slavery and unite a divided country. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers
says of his performance, “The phenomenal Daniel Day-Lewis plays Lincoln with the immersive,
indelible power of an actor who wears his role like a second skin and feels it down to the nerve
endings. This is acting of the highest order.”

Daniel Day-Lewis began his acting career in theatre and British television. His first few breakout
roles in film occurred in 1985 with My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room with a View. He then