Santa Barbara Film Festival Virtuosos 2015: Coltrane, Lerman, Simmons, Oyelowo, Pike, Boseman, Slate

Earlier this year I attended the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival. I'd covered SBIFF for several years but hadn't been back since then, and I was thrilled to return. The lineup was spectacular and it was truly a cinematic event to remember (see my wrapup and selection of Top Picks). Next year's lineup will be announced soon at

The 30th Annual SBIFF will take place January 27 - February 7, and today the Festival announced the recipients of the 2015 Virtuosos Award. The honorees will be.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).

"These are seven exemplary performers that provide us with undeniable evidence that 2014 was a dynamic year in acting," said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

It will be truly exciting when this crop of rising stars takes the stage of the historic Arlington Theatre on Sunday, February 1.

From the official press release:

Santa Barbara, CA- 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 or by calling 805-963-0023. 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


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

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