Oscar-nominated actor Will Smith will be this year's recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's "Modern Master Award," SBIFF executive director Roger Durling announced recently. "Will Smith has proven at an early age that he's a force to be reckoned with in the film industry --he's a Modern Master for the 21st century. We are truly delighted to honor him with this award," commented Durling in a statement. SBIFF will take place in the picturesque California seaside town January 25-February 4. [Brian Brooks]