The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will continue its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting the 2015 Virtuosos Award to these seven actors, who all delivered terrific portrayals of complex, nuanced characters throughout 2014.
The presentation takes place on Sunday, February 1 at the Arlington Theatre at the 30th edition of SBIFF, running January 27 to February 7, 2015.
David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike and JK Simmons all received Golden Globes nominations this week for their performances in “Selma,” “Gone Girl” and “Whiplash” respectively, and Oscar chances—at least as far as noms are concerned—are looking good for all three. It’s nice to see breakout first-time actor Ellar Coltrane finally get some awards season love this year for his 12-year-long leading role in “Boyhood,” whose Oscar-running co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will receive Santa Barbara’s American Riviera Award, as previously announced.
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The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year. Previous recipients for this award include Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Omar Sy, Quvenzhane Wallis, Demian Bichir, Rooney Mara, Melissa McCarthy, Shailene Woodley, Andy Serkis, Patton Oswalt, Andrew Garfield, John Hawkes, Lesley Manville, Hailee Steinfeld, Jacki Weaver, Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Stuhlbarg, Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Amy Ryan, Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, and June Squibb.