Michael Keaton, on the awards circuit for “Birdman,” will be honored at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 31 with the Modern Master Award. The 30th edition of the festival runs January 27-February 7.
The highest honor presented by the festival, it has previously been awarded to figures including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Will Smith, Clint Eastwood and James Cameron.
“There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in ‘Birdman’ is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience,” exec director Roger Durling said in a statement.
Keaton, who has a ranch in Santa Barbara, also recently appeared in “Penthouse North,” “Robocop” and “Need for Speed.”