SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award Honors Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams

Posted on Feb 1 by SEASONS Magazine

Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, courtesy SBIFF.

Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, courtesy SBIFF.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival honors Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams with the Cinema Vanguard Award on Sunday, February 5 at the 32nd Festival.  The two actors are celebrated for their roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply poignant Manchester by the Sea with a tribute at the Arlington Theatre, 1317 State St.

Both Affleck and Williams have received countless award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, with Affleck winning the Golden Globe and the BAFTA in his respective category.

The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of actors who have forged their own path by taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous honorees include Rooney Mara, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams and Nicole Kidman.

SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling comments, “Throughout their respective careers, Casey and Michelle have impressed audiences with distinct, personal roles and we are excited to bring them together to honor their sublime performances in Manchester by the Sea.”

For more information about the Santa Barbara International Film Festival visit sbiff.org.

—Victoria Tai Murphy

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