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Now fully grown Ellar Coltrane, whom we all watched grow up in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, gives a moving speech as he presents his movie parents Hawke and Arquette with the American Riviera Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

Hawke also talks about Robin Williams, what it was like to work with him and that strange way certain people have of hiding inside the work:

Arquette and Hawke on the reaction to Boyhood:

Ethan Hawke on the whole awards experience, “it does feel like it’s really not happening.”

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The Santa Barbara film festival is coming at the end of the month. It’s just been announced that Aniston will be the recipient of the Montecito Award on January 30, 2015. Aniston is making one of the most astonishing 11th hour bids for Best Actress I’ve seen in a while. She’s well liked, and overdue for a nomination. Though Julianne Moore has this in the bag, her main competition for the prize will be Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl and Jennifer Aniston for Cake.

Press release as follows.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 2, 2015

JENNIFER ANISTON TO RECEIVE THE MONTECITO AWARD

AT THE 30th SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Santa Barbara, CA- The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is proud to announce that it will present the prestigious Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston in honor of her celebrated career, including this year’s inspirational performance in Cinelou Films’ Cake, directed by Daniel Barnz. The Tribute will take place on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre during the festival’s 30th edition.

The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her career and whose style has made a major contribution to film. Previous recipients of the Montecito Award include such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts, and Annette Bening, who was the award’s first recipient in 2005.

Aniston’s most recent work includes her moving performance as Claire Bennett in Cake, where she plays a mother in pain over the loss of her child who struggles as she drives away her friends, husband, and even her chronic pain support group. This heart-wrenching story has rightfully garnered awards season buzz, with Aniston having already received SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.

“Once in a while a performer who we thought we knew gets outside of his or her comfort zone and shows us the unexpected,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “When that happens it is cause for celebration – and this is why the 2015 Montecito Award is bestowed upon Ms. Aniston.”

Jennifer Aniston is a Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actress, thanks to 10 seasons playing Rachel Green on the classic television comedy Friends. The role earned her five Emmy nominations, two SAG Award nominations and two Golden Globe nominations. During hiatus from Friends, Aniston pursued a film career, landing roles in Then There Was You, Picture Perfect, Dreams for an Insomniac, She’s the One, Rock Star, The Object of My Affection (her first of many films with Paul Rudd) and Bruce Almighty. One of Aniston’s most critically acclaimed roles was 2002’s The Good Girl, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. With the end of Friends in 2004, the San Fernando Valley native devoted herself full-time to her movie career, receiving critical praise for playing a depressed housekeeper in director Nicole Holofcener’s Friends With Money. Adept at both indie films and studio features, Aniston has starred in such box office hits as The Break-Up, Marley and Me, He’s Just Not That Into You, Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers. She was most recently seen in Life of Crime. Upcoming films include Horrible Bosses 2, in November, and She’s Funny That Way, directed by Peter Bogdanovich, next year. Aniston made her directorial debut with the short, Room 10. She recently directed one of the Project Five short films, exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. She is also a producer on Call Me Crazy, a Project Five film premiering on Lifetime in April.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs January 27 – February 7, 2015. The Montecito Award will be presented at the historic Arlington Theatre on Friday, January 30, 2015. Tickets are available now and can be purchased through www.sbfilmfestival.org or by calling 805-963-0023. Festival Passes and Packages are still available and sold exclusively at www.sbfilmfestival.org and 805-963-0023.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, SBIFF offers 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in-between. With its commitment to cultural diversity and powerful storytelling, SBIFF transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers, attracting more than 85,000 attendees. SBIFF brings to the forefront the importance and power of filmmaking and continues its commitment to providing free children’s education and community outreach programs through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. The Festival is set to run January 27 – February 7, 2015. For more information, please visit www.sbiff.org.

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(Press Release) – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2015 Virtuosos Award to Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), David Oyelowo (Selma), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child), it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Award presentation, sponsored by Travel + Leisure, will take place Sunday, February 1, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015.

The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year. Previous recipients for this award include Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Omar Sy, Quvenzhane Wallis, Demian Bichir, Rooney Mara, Melissa McCarthy, Shailene Woodley, Andy Serkis, Patton Oswalt, Andrew Garfield, John Hawkes, Lesley Manville, Hailee Steinfeld, Jacki Weaver, Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Stuhlbarg, Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Amy Ryan, Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, and June Squibb.

Comments Durling, “These are seven exemplary performers that provide us with undeniable evidence that 2014 was a dynamic year in acting.”

The talented group of actors will be recognized for their exceptional careers, including their portrayal of some of the most memorable characters in film this year. Following his critically acclaimed performance as Jackie Robinson in 42, Chadwick Boseman brings to life James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to one of the most influential musicians in history in Get on Up. Ellar Coltrane’s courageous performance in Boyhood, where we watch him grow up over the course of 12 years, charts the joys and pitfalls of a child named Mason, evoking nostalgia and self-reflection along the way. Following previous films such as Perks of Being a Wallflower and Percy Jackson, Logan Lerman comes into his own as Norman Ellison in Fury. David Oyelowo gives us a powerful performance as one of the most iconic heroes in history, Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, capturing not only King’s mannerisms and physicality, but offering an intimate portrayal of the man himself. Rosamund Pike’s incredible performance in Gone Girl where she plays missing wife Amy Elliot-Dunne has earned her widespread critical acclaim. J.K. Simmons expertly embodied egomaniac bandleader Terrence Fletcher in Whiplash, adding to his already diverse body of work that spans motion picture, television, and stage. Jenny Slate offers up a stellar performance in Obvious Child as Donna Stern, a Brooklyn standup comic who intimates with her audiences, but is closed off in her personal life.

The 2015 Virtuosos Award will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Tickets, Festival Passes and Packages are available now and can be purchased through www.sbiff.org or by calling 805-963-0023.

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Now in its 30th year, SBIFF offers 12 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in-between.  With its commitment to cultural diversity and powerful storytelling, SBIFF transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attract more than 85,000 attendees. SBIFF continues its commitment to providing free children’s education and community outreach programs through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars.  For more information, please visit www.sbiff.org

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Playing young parents who grow into different people over the course of twelve years, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke are wonderful in Boyhood. Though they’re both going to be in the supporting categories, they kind of feel like leads in this film. Either way, they will be feted February 5 in Santa Barbara.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is delighted to present the 2015 American Riviera Award to actors Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke at the 30th edition of the Fest, which runs Tuesday, January 27 through Saturday, February 7, 2015. This is the first time the award will be bestowed upon two honorees, who will be honored with a Tribute celebrating their careers, including their remarkable collaboration in Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed epic “Boyhood,” it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

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The event will pay tribute to Keaton, a Santa Barbara resident, and frontrunner for Best Actor this year.
Keaton gives easily his best performance to date in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman where he plays a former superhero actor trying to become legit by “adapting, directing and starring in” the Raymond Carver short story What We Talk about when we Talk About Love. Press release as follows:

Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Michael Keaton with the Modern Master Award for the 30th anniversary edition of the Fest, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at the historic Arlington Theatre.

The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.

Michael Keaton will be honored for his distinguished career, including his most compelling performance to date in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself.

SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling commented “There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in Birdman is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience.”

Michael Keaton first gained national attention in the hit comedy Night Shift, followed by starring roles in such films as Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, and The Dream Team. In 1989, he earned the ‘Best Actor’ award from the National Society of Film Critics for Clean and Sober and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Keaton later re-teamed with Burton to play the title role in the blockbusters Batman and Batman Returns.

In 2002, Keaton played ‘Robert Weiner’ in HBO’s critically-acclaimed Live from Baghdad, based on a true story of the CNN crew who reported from Baghdad during the Gulf War, and he received a Golden Globe® nomination for his performance. In 2005, Keaton was featured in Game 6, a story centered on the historic Game Six of the 1986 World Series, and in the following year, he starred in the feature film The Last Time.

In 2007, Keaton was in the TNT mini-series The Company, a dramatic story of how the CIA operated during the Cold War, and that same year, he made his directorial debut and also starred in the drama The Merry Gentleman, which was accepted into the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Also, in 2009, Keaton co-starred in the Fox Searchlight comedy Post Grad. In 2010, Keaton was the voice of ‘Ken’ in Toy Story 3, the latest addition to the successful and endearing Pixar franchise, and he also co-starred in the comedy feature The Other Guys, with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson for Columbia Pictures. In 2013, Keaton appeared opposite Michelle Monaghan in the feature film Penthouse North, and earlier this year, he was featured in both Robocop and Need for Speed.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs January 27 – February 7, 2015. The Modern Master Award will be presented at the historic Arlington Theatre on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Passes and Tickets are available now and can be purchased through www.sbiff.org or by calling 805-963-0023.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, SBIFF offers 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in-between. With its commitment to cultural diversity and powerful storytelling, SBIFF transforms beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, CA into a rich destination for film lovers which attract more than 85,000 attendees. SBIFF brings to the forefront the importance and power of filmmaking and continues its commitment to providing free children’s education and community outreach programs through its 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competitions, Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, AppleBox Family Films, 3rd Weekend and educational seminars. For more information, please visit www.sbiff.org

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The Santa Barbara Film Festival is sending out announcements. That must mean it’s Oscar season officially. The first of their special announcements is the US premiere of Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer, starring Freida Pinto. They are also announcing the Richard Attenborough Award to the Cousteau family for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking. Full press release follows:

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JESSICA LANGE at American Horror Story Special Screening in Hollywood

The first big announcement coming out of the Santa Barbara Film Festival is that Jessica Lange will be honored with the Kirk Douglas award in November.

Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s ninth annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM will be presented to two time Academy Award-winning actress JESSICA LANGE. Guests will gather to celebrate her achievements at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Sunday November 16, 2014. In the tradition of the award, top-name presenters will be revealed closer to the event.

Commented Kirk Douglas, “Jessica Lange possess the three key elements in making it in this crazy business: talent, beauty, and intelligence…all of which have served her well and continue to do so. It is my honor to give her my award.”

Lange is in revered company, joining previous recipients Forrest Whittaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself.

Acclaimed as one of the greatest actresses of her generation, Lange has dazzled the screen with over thirty credits to her name. She made her Hollywood debut in John Guillermin’s King Kong opposite Jeff Bridges and Charles Grodin, winning a Golden Globe for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture. She then permanently put her name on the map by receiving dual Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations in the same year for her challenging performances in Frances and in Sydney Pollack’s memorable comedy Tootsie starring opposite Dustin Hoffman, for which she took home the Oscar for Supporting Actress. Lange won her second Oscar for her starring role in Blue Sky, opposite Tommy Lee Jones.

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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.” And last night DiCaprio was mobbed by a passionate journalist who had to be peeled off him and thrown out. Cutting through all the commotion, DiCaprio and Scorsese calmly took their place on stage. They were just a few seats away from me, just as Jennifer Lawrence had been a few days ago, but I realized again what a enormous star DiCaprio really is — an international, giant supernova.with multi-generational appeal. He simply sat down. Photographers continually took pictures of the two of them sitting there. The whole experience began to mirror some of the ravenous undercurrents of Scorsese’s latest masterpiece, The Wolf of Wall Street, and perhaps a bit of another film DiCaprio starred in this year, The Great Gatsby.

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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 maybe the worst casualty of Oscars 2013, according to a select few of us, certainly not according to majority of tastemakers who snickered and laughed at the film the whole way through, from conception to execution — how easy that is to do from behind the quiet safety of a dark room and a computer screen. It was obvious from the outset the film would get the snob treatment, none of this rave reviews stuff the King’s Speech had gotten, or even Forrest Gump. Also obvious from the many snide tweets about the film, Lee Daniels, the subject matter and it looking too much like an “Oscar movie.” Of course, that didn’t stop War Horse, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Blind Side or The Help.

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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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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 night had a strange aura to it. Earlier in the day the news had broke that Dylan Farrow had called out Cate Blanchett, every actor who has ever worked with Woody Allen, Hollywood in general, and even us for continuing to honor a man who violated her at the age of seven. It wasn’t just the one incident, she explained. There was a pattern. Now, Woody Allen lives with Soon-Yi and their two adopted daughters. Farrow feels guilt for this too.

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David O. Russell at the SBIFF

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 was named by the festival Outstanding Director of the Year.  The fest’s director, Roger Durling, calls Russell his favorite director going all the way back to Spanking the Monkey.  Because Russell has been plugged into the Oscar game for three consecutive years now – winning Oscars for his actors along the way — one forgets his humble beginnings, his more rebellious younger self, and, frankly, how funny he is.  I’ve only ever seen two people wrestle control from Durling during one of these events — Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell.  It is no wonder she functions so beautifully as his muse.  They are cut from the same cloth, speak the same shorthand, and seem to have much the same sense of humor.

Before Sliver Linings and Lawrence, though, there was The Fighter and Oscar wins for Melissa Leo and Christian Bale.  Leo was on hand last night to present the award to Russell and the two made a pact to work together again very soon.

The festival itself has had some major upgrades from last year, including a new VIP room where guests of the festival can drink lots of alcohol, sponsored by a major label, and eat pretty/tiny hors d’oeuvres. This year, Robert Redford and Oprah Winfrey are two honorees who each missed out on Oscar nominations but decided to attend anyway.  To me that says they agreed to do the fest and either they stand by their word or they feel that experience is worthwhile with or without AMPAS’ validation.  Surely both are living legends who don’t need a golden statue to make them more worthy to humanity. The very notion is laughable.  But this is a game and the game has rules and this time these two are breaking them, which I think is kind of boss.

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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, whose brilliant performance carries The Butler, celebrated with the Kirk Douglas award for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan and Black Nativity’s Angela Bassett were on hand to pay tribute to the veteran actor, along with hundreds of Santa Barbara’s finest, decked out in black tie attire – heels, furs, diamonds. It was being held all the way across the state from the Palms Springs fest where most of the Oscar populace were on hand. Palms Springs, Santa Barbara – what do these two things have in common? They are where Oscar voters go to rest and watch the sun set in the twilight of their careers.

The Butler’s fate has not yet been determined. The Screen Actors guild, by far the most ethnically diverse of the guilds, honored The Butler big time, with nods for Ensemble, Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey. But the Producers Guild did not. The only one of the three films — by black filmmakers it must be noted, that did manage a Producers Guild nod was 12 Years a Slave, which guarantees Brad Pitt will be at the party. It used to be that black filmmakers didn’t make films the critics liked. And indeed, they ripped apart The Butler, mostly. They were tepid to encouraging on Fruitvale Station, but they lost their heads with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which goes down as the best reviewed film of this year.

Forest Whitaker is a revelation in The Butler. For me it’s the scene where he has to serve cookies for the bazillionth time. The look on his face, the struggle to keep back the sudden shame he felt in that position, was one of the most pivotal moments of the year for the film and for acting overall this year.

Michael B. Jordan credited Whitaker’s participation in Fruitvale Station as being one of the main reasons the film got made at all. Black Nativity did not make a blip on Oscar, or film critics’ radar, but it was clear from how Bassett talked about it that it was a project meaningful to the actress and to Whitaker. The best part of the evening were the long clips of Whitaker’s career, his work in Last King of Scotland, which earned him an Oscar win, but going all the way back to Fast Times at Ridgemont High when he played the football star.

Whitaker received two standing ovations at the dinner, and gave a humble speech that talked all about dreams and the possibilities. He is full of optimism, which infused the room with a permanent glow. He graciously shook hands with the many attendees who wanted to meet him before posing with his award for photographers.

The guests in their high heels and penguin suits filed out to wait in the valet line. Driving out of the Baraca resort was as pretty as driving in. The ocean still reaches as far into the horizon as you can see, its edge eventually dissolving into the night sky. Oil rigs, or birds? You can’t really tell what those things are out there until they are hit with the light of day.

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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 on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the historic Arlington Theatre and is sponsored by Adobe.

Both Cate Blanchett and Emma Thompson will be honored at the fest.

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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 stood watch during the pivotal Civil Rights era.  Winfrey brings much to the role – including her sexuality, long thought extinct. There it is, in vivid color for the world to see. It’s a beautiful thing.

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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 honor Tarantino, one of the most stylistically daring directors who is an SBIFF favorite,” says Executive Director Roger Durling.

The American Riviera Award was established to recognize an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Tarantino will join an illustrious group of past recipients, including frequent collaborator director Martin Scorsese (2012): Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).

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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 another layer of his immeasurable talent” commented Durling. “His performance in Django Unchained reaffirms that he is the most relevant actor of this generation.”

As I usually attend the Santa Barbara Film Fest, I’m excited about this. Amy Adams plays a character, she says, is actually closer to her real personality than the usually plucky, upbeat characters she’s cast as. She joins Ann Dowd this year as the two most complex performers in the supporting actress race – their motivations are mysterious.  Adams, it’s just been announced, will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award this year at the SBIFF:

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com,
is proud to present award winning actor Amy Adams with the Cinema Vanguard Award on
Thursday, January 31, 2013. She will be honored for her exceptional performance in this year’s
The Master with a tribute at the 28th edition of the Festival, which runs January 24 – February 3,
2013, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

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Director, producer and Academy Award-winning actor ROBERT DE NIRO has chosen to receive The Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s seventh annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film in Santa Barbara on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

De Niro is being honored both for his great work this year in Silver Linings Playbook, as well as for the exceptional work he’s done throughout his lifetime.

“I am a great fan, not only for what he does on screen, but also for establishing the Tribeca Film Festival…it
brought joy back to lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11,” Kirk Douglas said.  Past recipients of the award include  Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself.

All our favorite top-dog movie bloggers met Sunday, January 30, at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to discuss the future of entertainment journalism at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Scott Feinberg scottfeinberg.com
Pete Hammond deadline.com
Steve Pond thewrap.com
Sasha Stone awardsdaily.com
moderator, Peter Rainer christiansciencemonitor.com

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