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Santa Barbara nod to Viola Davis

Festival to honor actress for 'The Help' perf

The Santa Barbara Film Festival will honor Viola Davis with the fest’s performer of the year nod for her portrayal of Aibileen Clark in “The Help.”

She will be honored Jan. 27 at the Arlington Theater in a tribute moderated by Indiewire editor-at-large Anne Thompson.

Davis, who played an African-American housemaid in 1960s Mississippi in Tate Taylor’s film, earned Oscar, SAG and Golden Globe noms for her role in 2008’s “Doubt.”

SBIFF runs Jan. 26-Feb. 5.

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