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Santa Barbara to Fete Bullock

Santa Barbara to Fete Bullock

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Sandra Bullock with its “American Riviera Award” at the upcoming 25th edition of the fest taking place February 4 – 14. The prize was established to recognize an actor who “has had a strong influence on American Cinema.” Past recipients have included Mickey Rourke (’09), Tommy Lee Jones (’08), Forrest Whitaker (’07), Philip Seymour Hoffman (’06), Kevin Bacon (’05) and Diane Lane (’04).

“Bullock’s career-capping performance in ‘The Blind Side’ encompasses everything we have loved about her since the early ’90s, from the deft physical comedy in ‘While You Were Sleeping’ to the mettle of her role in the Academy Award-winning ‘Crash,'” commented SBIFF executive driector Roger Durling in a statement. “What a most perfect time to salute this enduring movie star’s lengthy career.” [Brian Brooks]

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