The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present its annual Montecito Award to Jennifer Aniston in honor of her career, and her performance in this year’s “Cake,” which has thus far landed her surprise SAG and Golden Globe nominations and could portend an Oscar nod. The Tribute will take place on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the Arlington Theatre during the festival’s 30th edition, running January 27 – February 7, 2015.
The Montecito Award recognizes a performer whose storied career includes classic and standout performances, and whose style has contributed to film. Previous recipients include Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, who was the award’s first recipient in 2005.
Aniston’s most recent work includes her award-buzzy performance as Claire Bennett in “Cake,” where she plays a grieving mother coping with chronic pain who struggles as she drives away her friends and family.
Aniston is a Golden Globe and Emmy winner, thanks in part to ten seasons on classic TV comedy “Friends,” now on Netflix. She displayed dramatic chops in “The Good Girl” (2002), arguably her most acclaimed performance, but also in Nicole Holofcener’s lovely and underrated “Friends with Money” as a pot-smoking housekeeper.