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Gore, Whitaker and Guggenheim to Receive Santa Barbara Fest Honors

By Indiewire | Indiewire November 7, 2006 at 6:53AM

Actor Forest Whitaker will be honored with the American Riviera Award, while former Vice President Al Gore and "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim will be the recipients of the Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking at the 22nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, taking place January 25th - February 4th. As previously announced, Will Smith will be the recipient of the Modern Master Award. "Whitaker is one of the most consummate actors working in Cinema today, and we are ecstatic to be able to celebrate his entire career," commented SBIFF director Roger Durling in a statement. "As far as Gore and Guggenheim, they have given us the most important documentary of 2006 - a wake up call to all of us." [Brian Brooks]
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Actor Forest Whitaker will be honored with the American Riviera Award, while former Vice President Al Gore and "An Inconvenient Truth" director Davis Guggenheim will be the recipients of the Attenborough Award for Excellence in Nature Filmmaking at the 22nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, taking place January 25th - February 4th. As previously announced, Will Smith will be the recipient of the Modern Master Award. "Whitaker is one of the most consummate actors working in Cinema today, and we are ecstatic to be able to celebrate his entire career," commented SBIFF director Roger Durling in a statement. "As far as Gore and Guggenheim, they have given us the most important documentary of 2006 - a wake up call to all of us." [Brian Brooks]