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Fever Dream: the Collaboration of DiCaprio and Scorsese

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The Oscar race might be straining the Santa Barbara film festival past its breaking point. Wednesday night, the appearance of Oprah Winfrey nearly broke the festival and last night’s appearance of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Martin Scorsese caused such a frenzy you’d think it was 1964. Strange things start to happen when big time celebrities mingle among us. One woman heckled Oprah that she’d stolen all of her “work.”…

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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Oprah and the Light

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Oprah’s appearance as honoree of the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival was planned before the Oscar nominations were handed out. There was a lot of drama, old-school Hollywood style, as to whether or not She would receive one. A lifetime dedicated to great literature, promoting worthy films, and inspiring millions had still meant only three films in thirty years. One of those, Lee Daniels’ The Butler…

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Rooney Mara’s Speech for Cate Blanchett, and Blanchett’s Acceptance Speech

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Please forgive the quality of this video but Rooney Mara’s speech from the Santa Barbara Film Festival is so beautiful I had to share it with you all. Blanchett speaks towards the end.

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Cate Blanchett’s Outstanding Performance of the Year Tribute

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Last night, the Arlington theater was packed to celebrate Cate Blanchett who was named as Outstanding Actor of the Year from the Santa Barbara Film Festival. It was a cold night in Santa Barbara, but that didn’t stop the many party-goers and restaurant-hoppers crowding up and down State Street. Perhaps the familiar site of homeless men and women camped out in the corners had been mitigated by the weather. The…

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David O. Russell is Outstanding Director of the Year at the SBIFF

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It is that time of year again for the Santa Barbara International Film Fest, on the heels of the Palm Springs Fest, where many of the Oscar contenders were in attendance.  Those selected to be part of this year’s fest here in lovely SB include Bruce Dern, Cate Blanchett, Leo and Marty, to name a few.  The first tribute gala for the fest this year was David O. Russell, who…

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Santa Barbara Fetes Forest Whitaker

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It was a cold night in Santa Barbara, one of the more beautiful places on the planet. The ocean stretches out longways on your left. On your right, giant homes dot the hillside, twinkling lights within. The Kirk Douglas award was being held at the Bacara resort, an opulent palace hooked over the sea. Oscars 2013 was coming to a close. I was on my way to see Forest Whitaker,…

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Emma Thompson to Receive Modern Master Award from SBIFF

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The Santa Barbara Film Fest will honor Emma Thompson with the Modern Master Award, their highest honor: Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor actor, screenwriter and producer Emma Thompson with the Modern Master Award at the 29th edition of the Fest, which runs January 30 – February 9, 2014, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place…

Oprah Winfrey to Receive Montecito Award from SBIFF

Oprah Winfrey to Receive Montecito Award from SBIFF

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It was just announced that Oprah Winfrey will receive the prestigious Montecito Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 5, 2014. Winfrey receives the award for her work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and as a celebration of her overall career.   In The Butler, Winfrey plays the wife of Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who last through many US presidents, but more to the point, the presidents who…

Quentin Tarantino to Receive American Riviera Award at SBIFF

Quentin Tarantino to Receive American Riviera Award at SBIFF

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The American Riviera award was to be given to Leonardo DiCaprio but he has since had scheduling conflicts and won’t be able to attend. In his place, the awesome Quentin Tarantino who will be honored on Wednesday, January 30 at the Arlington. Awards Daily will be there to take pictures.  For ticket info, check out www.sbfilmfestival.org. “We were obviously saddened by DiCaprio’s conflict, but blown away at the chance to…

Santa Barbara Film Fest to Award Leonardo DiCaprio with American Riviera Award

Santa Barbara Film Fest to Award Leonardo DiCaprio with American Riviera Award

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The festival, in its 28th year, has also announced today that it will honor Academy Award® nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award. DiCaprio, whose latest film Django Unchained was released to critical acclaim and box office success this Christmas, will be honored on Friday, February 1 at the Arlington Theatre. “We are thrilled to be honoring Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award, in a year where he has shown us…