The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said today that the pair will receive its 2015 American Riviera Award, which recognizes actors who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Marking the first time the honor will go to multiple recipients, Boyhood stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke will receive a tribute to their long careers. The awards will be presented February 5 at the Arlington Theatre during the 30th annual event up the California coast.
In addition to awards favorite Boyhood — which famously was shot over a 12-year span — Arquette’s long list of credits includes turns for such top directors as Martin Scorsese (Bringing Out The Dead), John Madden (Ethan Frome), Tony Scott (True Romance), Michel Gondry’s (Human Nature), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), David O. Russell (Flirting With Disaster) and David Lynch (Lost Highway). She won the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood and was is nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
Hawke has starred in more than 40 feature films — eight of them for Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater. Those include the Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, with the pair and co-star Julie Delpy sharing Adapted Screenplay Oscar noms for the latter two. Hawke also earned a Supporting Actor nom for Training Day. His other credits Dead Poets Society, Gattaca, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, Reality Bites,” Great Expectations, Brooklyn’s Finest and Michael Almereyda’s Hamlet. He next stars in Ten Thousand Saints and as jazz legend Chet Baker in Born To Be Blue.
“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for SBIFF,” said festival director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ – which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years – and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs January 27 to February 7