Fever Dream: the Collaboration of DiCaprio and Scorsese

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...
Posted On 07 Feb 2014

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Oprah and the Light

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...
Posted On 06 Feb 2014

Cate Blanchett’s Outstanding Performance of the Year Tribute

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...
Posted On 02 Feb 2014

David O. Russell is Outstanding Director of the Year 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. ┬áThose selected to be part of this year’s fest here in lovely SB include Bruce Dern, Cate Blanchett,...
Posted On 01 Feb 2014

Santa Barbara Fetes Forest Whitaker

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...
Posted On 06 Jan 2014

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Receive Cinema Vanguard Award from SBIFF

Marty and Leo will be honored this year at the Santa Barbara Film Fest for their extraordinary collaborations which include Gangs of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and the Wolf of Wall Street. All but one of those films were nominated for Best Picture. The...
Posted On 02 Jan 2014

Cate Blanchett – Outstanding Performer of the Year at SBIFF

Cate Blanchett will be the first of the big Oscar contenders honored during the Santra Barbara Film Fest, it was just announced. Blanchett will be celebrated for her work in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, one of the year’s best performances by man or woman....
Posted On 05 Nov 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Performer of the Year at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

It was quite the event last night at the Arlington theater up State Street in Santa Barbara to fete Best Actress frontrunner, and Silver Linings Playbook star, Jennifer Lawrence.  The street was lined with young fans of Lawrence, pink cheeked young girls their pupils the shape of...
Posted On 03 Feb 2013

Oscar Campaigning – Two Ways

So maybe, in the end, it has come down to Argo and Lincoln, as it began, two stories about two different American heroes. One a CIA agent and the other a US president. Two different filmmakers – one, an actor turned director and the other a kid who picked up a super-8...
Posted On 29 Jan 2013

Quentin Tarantino to Receive American Riviera Award at SBIFF

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...
Posted On 23 Jan 2013