Santa Barbara International Film Festival recently announced that the initial recipients of the 2016 Virtuosos Award, created to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year, will include: Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy) and Jacob Tremblay (Room). The presentation will take place at the Arlington Theatre at the 31st edition of the festival, which runs Feb. 3–13.
The diverse and talented group will be recognized for their overall careers as well as their breakthrough roles this past year.
After a turn behind the camera directing the mega-hit Pitch Perfect 2, Elizabeth Banks returned to the front of the camera in her role as Brian Wilson’s wife, Melinda Ledbetter, in the Beach Boy’s biopic Love & Mercy.
Following his directorial debut in The Gift, which he wrote and starred in, Joel Edgerton mesmerized audiences in his transformative performance in Black Mass as John Connolly, the childhood friend-turned-FBI agent to notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.
Paul Dano’s breathtaking performance in the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy as the Beach Boy’s founder has garnered critical acclaim, as well in his supporting role in Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming dramedy Youth.
Breaking onto the scene in a raw and stripped down performance, Jacob Tremblay portrays a boy born and raised in confinement in Room.
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