Santa Barbara film festival honors five Virtuosos with new award

Award season is looming, and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has created a new award for 2008.

The Festival will honor Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, and Amy Ryan in the bestowment of the 2007 Virtuosos Award at the 23rd edition of the Fest, which runs January 24-February 3, 2008, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

Based on performances, the 2007 Virtuosos Award was created this year to recognize a select group of young actors who have distinguished themselves in film.

They will be presented the honor on Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

“There will always be one or two performances that stand out, but this year in particular there were several performances by actors that truly set them apart from the pack.  These talented actors have proven themselves to be a strong presence on-screen, and these performances have given a glimpse at the bright future that cinema has to offer audiences for years to come,” Durling commented.

Recipient Casey Affleck illustrated his range in two of the year’s most powerful performances: his turn as Robert Ford in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and as a young detective faced with the ultimate moral dilemma in “Gone Baby Gone.”

Also honored are Marion Cotillard, whose portrayed Edith Piaf’s otherworldly quality in “La Vie En Rose,” and James McAvoy, for his character Robbie Turner in “Atonement,”  Ellen Page for her title role in the film, “Juno” and Amy Ryan, whose character in “Gone Baby Gone,” a negligent single mom, turned critics on their ears.

The tribute will take place at the Lobero Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday, January 30.  

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased for $65  here or through the Lobero Box Office, 805.963.0761 and the Arlington Theater Box office, 805.963.4408. 


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