The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 26, is proud to welcome 23+ Academy Award nominees, as this morning’s Oscar nomination announcements brought news that many of the artists and films SBIFF has the privilege of paying homage to have earned spots on the most coveted of ballots.
Commented SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling, “We’re thrilled to pieces to have all of these nominees coming to SBIFF. Congrats to all of them, and we’re grateful they will be joining us soon.”
Hugo emerged as the film with the most nominations, receiving 11 in all, including Best Director for American Riviera Award honoree Martin Scorsese, as well as Best Picture.
Receiving an astounding 10 nominations was The Artist, and Santa Barbara will have the honor of celebrating first time nominees Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo with the Cinema Vanguard Award. Director Michel Hazanavicius and producer Thomas Langmann will also attend the festival.
This year’s Modern Master, Christopher Plummer, received his second Oscar nomination for his performance in Beginners, written and directed by Santa Barbara’s own Mike Mills, who will present the festival’s highest honor.
SBIFF’s Outstanding Performer of the Year, Viola Davis also received her second Oscar nomination for her extraordinary performance in The Help. Joining her that night will be her co-star and Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Octavia Spencer, along with writer/director Tate Taylor.
Receiving their first Academy Award nominations are Virtuosos Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) and Demián Bichir (A Better Life), as well as director Gore Verbinski (Rango), who will screen Rango for Field Trip to the Movies.
Additional festival attendees/films that received nominations include:
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Bullhead, foreign film from Belgium
La Luna, animated short film from Pixar
Joe Berlinger, whose documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory got nominated, will be at the festival with his documentary Under African Skies.
The number of nominees attending SBIFF will continue to grow, as you can expect to see the following in SB for panels (soon to be announced), to name just a few:
Jim Rash (Descendants)
Jim Burke (Descendants)
Letty Aronson (Midnight in Paris)
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids)
Bill Pohlad (Tree of Life)
Mike De Luca (Moneyball)
Thomas Langmann (The Artist)
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, takes place Thursday, January 26 through Sunday, February 5. For information, log onto www.sbiff.org.