SBIFF Photo Gallery: Viggo Mortensen Receives American Rivera Award

Posted on Feb 7 by Leslie Dinaberg

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

A special tribute to actor Viggo Mortensen took place on Saturday at the 34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF). 

The presentation consisted of an in-depth career retrospective discussion with Deadline awards columnist Pete Hammond, and concluded with Mortensen’s longtime friend and collaborator Ed Harris presenting the actor with the American Rivera Award.

During his introductory remarks for the tribute, SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling thanked Santa Barbara Aviation and owner/pilot Max Rosenberg for their help getting Mortensen and Harris to the event, as the road closures would have most likely prevented them from getting into Santa Barbara via traditional routes.

Viggo Mortensen and SBIFF Director Roger Durling attend the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen and SBIFF Director Roger Durling attend the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Upon taking the stage, Mortensen was greeted with a standing ovation and he immediately thanked the audience for their patience. Regarding his most recent, Academy Award-nominated performance in Green Book, he praised Peter Farrelly’s direction, saying that the film places Farrelly in the same league as Preston Sturges, Frank Capra and Billy Wilder.

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen speaks onstage at the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen speaks onstage at the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Ed Harris speaks onstage at the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Ed Harris speaks onstage at the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen pose backstage at the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen pose backstage at the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Guests attend the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Guests attend the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

SBIFF Director Roger Durling, Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris pose backstage at the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

SBIFF Director Roger Durling, Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris pose backstage at the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Guests attend the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Guests attend the American Riviera Award Honoring Viggo Mortensen during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Lobero Theatre on February 2, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award honoring Viggo Mortensen at the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 02, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award honoring Viggo Mortensen at the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 02, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award honoring Viggo Mortensen at the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 02, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

Viggo Mortensen attends the American Riviera Award honoring Viggo Mortensen at the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on February 02, 2019 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SBIFF)

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