The 33rd annual Santa Barbara Film Festival said today it will bestow the 2018 Virtuosos Award upon a roster of actors and actresses with breakthrough performances in buzzworthy, awards-season films. Those being honored include Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Hong Chau (Downsizing), John Boyega (Detroit), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name).
The Virtuosos Award recognize a group of talent who have distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film this past year. The award presentation will take place February 3 at the Arlington Theatre. The festival runs January 31-February 10.
“2017 has seen a variety of breakout performances,” said Roger Durling, Executive Director of SBIFF. “We are thrilled to celebrate this diverse group of actors who have earned their place as some of the most talented individuals working in the industry today.”
Prior recipients for the Virtuosos Award include Dev Patel, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Ruth Negga, Alicia Vikander, Eddie Redmayne, Brie Larson, Ellen Page among others.
The festival recently announced it will honor Judi Dench with the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, Willem Dafoe with the Cinema Vanguard Award, and Gary Oldman with the Maltin Modern Master Award.