The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, is proud to present the 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Steve Carell on Friday, February 6, 2015. He will be honored with a Tribute celebrating his remarkable performance in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher at the 30th edition of the festival, which runs January 27 – February 7, 2015, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

Durling commented, “He’s made us laugh for so many years with his great comedic abilities, but he shows this year that his range and artistry runs deep with his career-changing performance in Foxcatcher. He is unrecognizable physically and emotionally.”

In Foxcatcher, Steve Carell surrenders himself to the role of John du Pont in a career-defining turn. His wholly transformative and immersive performance is nothing short of extraordinary. Carell’s complete embodiment of the reclusive millionaire, a somber, twisted and morally ambiguous individual, is a testament to his versatility as a comedic and dramatic actor. Carell expertly commands the screen, garnering well-deserved critical acclaim leading into the award season.

Carell made his big screen debut in the role of Tessio in Curly Sue. However, it was his breakout performances as Evan Baxter in Bruce Almighty opposite Jim Carrey and Uncle Arthur in Bewitched opposite co-stars Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell that sparked his rise to fame. He starred in and co-wrote the screenplay for The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, which was chosen as one of A.F.I’s Top Ten Movies of 2005. Carell also starred in the Oscar nominated film Little Miss Sunshine. He reprised the role of Evan Baxter in Tom Shadyac’s Evan Almighty and later reunited with Jim Carrey in the box-office hit Horton Hears a Who. He went on to appear opposite Anne Hathaway in Get Smart which was based on the late 60’s television comedy series of the same name. Carell has consistently brought life to each role he takes on, resulting in memorable characters: Dan in Real Life, Date Night, Despicable Me, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Way Back, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Despicable Me 2, to name a few. He recently starred opposite Jennifer Garner in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which was released last month.

Carell will join an illustrious group of previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients, including: Cate Blanchett (2014), Jennifer Lawrence (2013), Viola Davis (2012), James Franco (2011), Colin Firth (2010), Penelope Cruz (2009), Angelina Jolie (2008), Helen Mirren (2007), Heath Ledger (2006), Kate Winslet (2005) and Charlize Theron (2004).