Lenny Abrahamson (“Room“), Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant“), Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight“), Adam McKay (“The Big Short“), and
George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road“) — the Oscars’ final five — will all receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Outstanding Director of the Year Award. (Check out our interviews with the five Oscar nominees for Best Director at the links above.)
The individual honors, to be handed out February 11 at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theater, will be followed by a conversation among the directors. Past recipients include Oscar winners Laura Poitras (“Citizenfour”), Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”), and Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), as well as Oscar nominees Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”), David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), Bennett Miller (“Foxcatcher”), and Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”).