24 Oscar nominees to be honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Last week I posted the complete film lineup for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has been one of my favorites since I began covering festivals almost a decade ago. I attended for a number of years and found it to be one of the most enjoyable festivals in the country. Then I took a hiatus and missed both the event and the town tremendously. For those and many other reasons I finally returned last year to attend and cover the 29th SBIFF. The 20th edition features close to 200 films including 23 World Premieres and 55 U.S. Premieres, along with their legendary tributes and symposiums. SBIFF takes place over 12 days beginning Tuesday, January 26th through Saturday, February 7th.

Since the Oscar nominations are always announced just prior to the festival, Santa Barbara has the distinction of being one of the first (and sometimes only) festival to be able to say "Oscar-nominated" as they honor their special guests all week. SBIFF has become an important showcase for Academy-Award® frontrunners, many of whom have arrived as nominees and gone on to win the Oscar.

With this morning's nominations announcement, it can now be officially said: 24 Academy Award nominees will be honored as special guests in Santa Barbara, with more to be announced.

SBIFF’s Modern Master Award recipient, Michael Keaton, received his first nomination for Best Actor for his incredible performance in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which received nine nominations in all.

Also receiving their first nominations were Cinema Vanguard Award recipients Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones for their performances in The Theory of Everything; this year’s Outstanding Performer of the Year honoree, Steve Carell for his turn in Foxcatcher, and Virtuoso honorees JK Simmons for Whiplash and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl.  American Riviera Award honoree Patricia Arquette also received her first nomination, while her co-star Ethan Hawke received his fourth Oscar nomination for their performances in Boyhood.

Other Academy Award nominees who will be fêted at SBIFF include Artisan honorees Sandra Adair, Boyhood (Editing), Bill Corso & Kathrine Gordon, Foxcatcher (Hair & Makeup), Suzie Davies, Mr. Turner (Production Design), Shawn Patterson “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie (Song), Richard King & Mark Weingarten, Interstellar (Sound Mixing & Editing) and four-time Academy Award winner Joe Letteri of Weta Digital, who received a nomination for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (VFX).

Some of the films nominated today which will be showcased at SBIFF, include: the Animated Feature Films nominees How To Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6, and Boxtrolls; Documentary Feature CitizenFour, and all five Foreign Language Film nominees: Wild Tales from Argentina, Ida from Poland – which also received a nomination for cinematography, Leviathan from Russia, Tangerines from Estonia and Timbuktu from Mauritania.

This number does not reflect the as-yet unannounced honorees for the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, or participants in the festival's screenwriters, producers and Women's panels: “It Starts With the Script,” “Movers and Shakers,” and Creative Forces: Women in the Business, which will soon be announced.


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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