Marcos Ruffalo will be honored with the Santa Barbara International Film FestivalAmerican Riviera Award. Ruffalo will receive the award from him on February 11 in an in-person conversation about his career, prior to his performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things.”
Ruffalo won an Emmy and has been nominated for three Oscars for his performances in “Spotlight,” “Foxcatcher” and “The Kids Are All Right.”
“Ruffalo has been an extraordinary performer for years, deserving top honors year after year, but his performance in ‘Poor Things’ is a revelation. An extraordinary talent who continues to surpass himself,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
Ruffalo has also produced films such as “Lakota Nation vs. United States”, “Invisible Hand” and “Dear President Obama: The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now”.
Past winners of the American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have made a significant contribution to American cinema, include Brendan Fraser, Kristen Stewart, Delroy Lindo and Renée Zellweger.
Lily Gladstone, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Greta Lee and Charles Melton to receive Virtuoso Award
Lily Gladstone (“Killers of the Flower Moon”), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (“The Holdovers”), Greta Lee (“Past Lives”) and Charles Melton (“May December”) will receive the Virtuoso Award at the 39thth Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival during a ceremony on February 10. The four actors will sit down to discuss their work and receive their awards in person.
The Virtuoso Award is “an honor created to recognize a select group of talents whose outstanding performances in films this season have elevated them to the national film dialogue,” according to the press release. The four actors are the first group to receive the award, and a second group will be announced in December.
Previous Virtuoso honorees over the past four years include Austin Butler, Kerry Condon, Danielle Deadwyler, Nina Hoss, Stephanie Hsu, Jeremy Pope, Ke Huy Quan, Jeremy Strong, Caitriona Balfe, Ariana DeBose, Jamie Dornan, Alana Haim, Ciarán Hinds, Emilia. Jones, Troy Kotsur, Simon Rex, Saniyya Sidney, Riz Ahmed, Maria Bakalova, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Andra Day, Sidney Flanigan, Vanessa Kirby, Tahar Rahim, Zendaya, Awkwafina, Taron Egerton, Cynthia Erivo, Beanie Feldstein, Aldis Hodge, George MacKay, Florence Pugh and Taylor Russell.
Turner Classic Movies host Dave Karger will moderate the awards ceremony.
“Our first four Virtuosos honorees are among the most interesting and exciting artists working today, and all play unforgettable roles in some of the best films of the year. “I am very excited at the prospect of speaking with each of them in Santa Barbara in January,” Karger said.
Robert Downey, Jr. to Receive Maltin Modern Master Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Robert Downey, Jr. will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 39thth Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the highest award given by the festival. He will be honored in a ceremony scheduled for February 9.
The ceremony involves an in-person conversation with Downey and film historian and critic Leonard Maltin, the award’s namesake. They will discuss Downey’s expansive career, from his early days in the industry to his recent performance as Lewis Strauss in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer.”
While he is best known for playing Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey now has over 110 acting credits to his name and has been nominated for two Academy Awards and won two Golden Globes. His next ones Titles include Max’s serial adaptation of the novel “The Sympathizer,” in which he plays four supporting roles, and Paramount’s remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic 1958 film, “Vertigo.”
“Robert Downey Jr. has starred in one of the most spectacular second acts in the history of show business… and we, the audience, are the beneficiaries. He commands the screen without any visible effort, which is perhaps the greatest feat of all,” Maltin said.
Christopher Nolan said: “It’s exciting to see audiences respond not only to Robert Downey Jr’s incredible charisma, but to a performance that, stripped of any movie star labels, proves once again that he is one of the greatest actors.”
ryan gosling will be honored with the Kirk Douglas Award for Film Excellence
“Barbie” actor Ryan Gosling will be honored with the 16th Annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. This is the second time the honor will be awarded since the death of Kirk Douglas. Previous winners of the award include Michelle Yeoh, Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, Harrison Ford and Quentin Tarantino, among others.
“Ryan Gosling has long been a dramatic and comedic force in front of the camera. “This year, thanks to his universally acclaimed and triumphant performance as Ken in ‘Barbie’ – a film that truly demanded the attention of critics and moviegoers around the world – he has become a true cinematic powerhouse,” said the CEO. Roger Durling in a statement..
Gosling was previously recognized with the SBIFF “Best Entertainer of the Year” award for his performance in “La La Land,” which also earned him an Oscar nomination. He will next be seen starring alongside Emily Blunt in the David Leitch-directed action comedy film “The Fall Guy.”