On the heels of an Oscar nomination for his performance in “Creed,” Sylvester Stallone has been tapped by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for this year’s Montecito Award. The honor will be presented following a career retrospective on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
“Sylvester Stallone’s performance in ‘Creed’ has reminded us of what a true talent he is and what a joy it is to share in his successes as the many beloved characters he has created,” said SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. “Since he first hit the silver screen as Rocky Balboa nearly four decades ago, he has been a force in the industry both on film and behind the scenes. He is a true legend in our field.”
The Montecito Award, named after a posh nearby community in Santa Barbara that luminaries like Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Google’s Eric Schmidt call home, is annually reserved for “a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film.” Previous recipients include Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon and Naomi Watts.
Other players from this year’s awards race set to be honored at the fest, which runs Feb. 3 – 13, include Johnny Depp, the “Spotlight” trio of Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, Alicia Vikander, Jacob Tremblay, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan.