Roll out the red carpet, Santa Barbara! Next month we will ogle in awe while watching the 2013 Oscars. But just before these amazingly talented stars prepare for their Academy Awards, they will make an appearance right here in town. Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which begins Thursday, January 24 and continues through Sunday, February 3, is thrilled to welcome 13 Academy Award nominees to this year’s 28th film festival.
Roger Durling, SBIFF’s executive director, expresses the excitement surrounding the presence of this hearty handful of Oscar nominees. “We’re extremely proud to be able to host all of these nominees at SBIFF. Congrats to all of them, and Santa Barbara’s so grateful they will be joining us soon,” comments Durling.
Historical Drama Lincoln ascended with 12 nominations, topping the nomination chart. Among its nominations is Best Actor for SBIFF’s Montecito Award honoree Daniel Day-Lewis, who received his 5th nomination, having snatched the gold statue twice. SBIFF also welcomes this year’s Modern Master Award recipient, Ben Affleck. Affleck received his second nomination with a Best Picture nomination for Argo, playing the role of both actor and director. Not to boot out Renaissance man Affleck, but Jennifer Lawrence also deserves some attention as a smoky and smart twenty-something who is newer to the Hollywood scene. The festival will honor Lawrence for Outstanding Performer of the Year, in addition to her second Academy Award nomination for her performance in the unique, touching film Silver Linings Playbook.
Cinema Vanguard Award recipient Amy Adams received her fourth Academy Award nomination for her role in The Master and will grace the event with her classy attitude and talent. The youngest Oscar nominee in history, Quvenzhané Wallis will also attend SBIFF, having received her first nomination for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild.
The festival gets a taste of foreign film flavor as well. Foreign Language Film nominees Chile’s No, directed by Pablo Terraín, and Norway’s Kon-Tiki, directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, will also attend this year’s SBIFF. Additionally, Live Action Short Film nominee Buzkashi Boys and Animated Short film Head Over Heels have also RSVPed!
As if the Arlington Theatre wasn’t already bursting with enough talent and stardom, the Oscar nominees’s guest list will only expand with the upcoming announcement of panel participants. Featuring nominated directors, writers and producers, these panels will also include some of the nominated feature and short films.
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-Grace Piro Delia