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iW NEWS | Santa Barbara To Fete Scott Thomas

iW NEWS | Santa Barbara To Fete Scott Thomas

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Kristin Scott Thomas with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 24th edition of the Fest, which runs January 22-February 1, 2009. “A masterful performance by a British actress in a French film and a triumphant Broadway debut in Chekhov in the same year – Kristin Scott Thomas is in a league by herself and an artistic force to be reckoned with,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling in a statement. The award was created “in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film.” Formally known as The Independent Award, it was bestowed last year to Ryan Gosling. [Peter Knegt]

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