Brad Pitt, a front-runner for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar this year, will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s highest honor, the Maltin Master Award, on January 22 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara.
Already a SAG, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice nominee for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Pitt has won several awards for the role as well including from the National Board of Review. He also starred this fall in the science fiction drama Ad Astra, and on January 18 will be receiving the Producer Guild of America’s prestigious David O’Selznick Award (along with his Plan B partners Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner) for his work behind the scenes with his prolific production company, which among many other films produced the Oscar winning Best Pictures 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight.
“Brad Pitt wears the mantle of Movie Star with good grace. He’s been giving great performances for several decades, but he makes it look so easy that I fear he’s been taken for granted. After the one-two punch of Ad Astra and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, this year he’s an ideal choice to be presented the Maltin Modern Master Award,” said Leonard Maltin, who will be moderating the evening.
The Modern Master Award was established in 1995 and is the highest accolade presented by SBIFF. Created to honor an individual who has enriched the culture through accomplishments in the motion picture industry, it was re-named the Maltin Modern Master Award in 2015 in honor of longtime SBIFF moderator and renowned film critic Leonard Maltin. Past recipients include Glenn Close, Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Plummer, Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, George Clooney and Peter Jackson.
The 35th Santa Barbara Film Festival runs January 15-15.