Sylvester Stallone to Be Feted at Santa Barbara Film Festival

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'Creed' star will receive the annual Montecito Award.

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.

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  1. Pierre Samuel Rioux says:

    With out Stallone THE NOBLE ART will not be so noble today ! I thank him for this, and it’s not only an actor.

  2. TheBigBangof20thCenturyPopCulture says:

    If he wins the Oscar, I hope he mentions what his career would have amounted to if he had never gotten Rocky. If not, fans will miss out on hearing the marginalized truth about ethnic minorities in Hollywood.

  3. Bill B. says:

    This man is one of the most ridiculed actors in film history. This turnabout is simply amazing considering all the crap he has made and for a role he has played 7 times! Took a lot of practice, I guess.

  4. J says:

    Sylvester Stallone will win the Oscar this year.

  5. Daniel says:

    Loserville gives something inferior to a talented man, long overdue. After so many less deserving. Just so they can dare him to turn it down and not attend their shitty festival.

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