Continuing her awards season heat, Jennifer Aniston has just been named recipient of this year’s Montecito Award, to be presented on Friday, January 30th at the historic Arlington Theatre, during the 30th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Aniston has already been nominated for a SAG Award, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for her acclaimed performance as a woman suffering from chronic pain in Cake. The film, directed by Daniel Barnz, premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and is currently in the midst of a one-week Oscar qualifying run in Los Angeles. It opens formally on January 23rd.
Aniston follows a long list of actors who have received the Montecito Award including Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts, Annette Bening and last year’s recipient Oprah Winfrey. The festival says it was created in “recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his or her career and whose style has made a major contribution to film.” Aniston won an Emmy during her 10-season run on NBC’s Friends as well as multiple nominations from SAG and the Golden Globes in addition to four other Emmy nods. Her films include The Good Girl, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award as well as The Object Of My Affection, The Breakup, Friends With Money, Picture Perfect, She’s The One, Dreams For An Insomniac, and box office hits like Marley And Me, Horrible Bosses 1 and 2, We’re The Millers and the upcoming She’s Funny That Way opening in 2015. She made her directorial debut with the short, Room 10 and recently directed one of the Project Five shorts, exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives.
About this honor, SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling said, “Once in a while a performer who we thought we knew gets outside of his or her comfort zone and shows us the unexpected. When that happens it is cause for celebration—and this is why the 2015 Montecito Award is bestowed upon Ms. Aniston”.
The 30th edition of SBIFF runs January 27 through February 7 and has already announced additional tributes to Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Steve Carell and Boyhood’s Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette among others.