The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 – February 3) will honor Jennifer Lawrence with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on February 2. The fest’s myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders; Lawrence is considered a frontrunner for Best Actress for David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.”
It’s been a big year for Lawrence, who headed the first installment of the thus far uber-successful “The Hunger Games” franchise back in March. (The film’s total domestic box office haul was slightly over $408 million.) She’s been receiving accolades for her performance as depressive yet dance-happy Tiffany in “Silver Linings” since the film’s glowingly received debut at TIFF in September.
Lawrence received a Best Actress Oscar nod for “Winter’s Bone” in 2010.
Past recipients of the SBIFF Outstanding Performer award include Viola Davis, James Franco, Colin Firth and Helen Mirren.
Check out our TOH! interview with Lawrence here.