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‘Spotlight’ Trio to Receive Santa Barbara Film Festival’s American Riviera Award

Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo will be honored at the 31st annual event.

Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams
Courtesy of Open Road Films

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Thursday that “Spotlight” stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams will receive the American Riviera Award at the 31st annual event in February.

This is the first time the honor, given to “actors who have made a significant contribution to American Cinema,” will be given to three individuals. Each will be feted with a tribute celebrating their careers.

“Michael, Mark and Rachel are three of the finest actors in the business,” said Festival Director Roger Durling. “They are artists in the truest sense of the word who continue to surprise and inspire audiences with their talent. Their recent turn in ‘Spotlight’ demonstrates their skills both harmoniously as an ensemble and individually.”

To which one can only say: Poor Brian d’Arcy James. (Or poor Liev Schrieber, but then where do you stop, I guess.) It’s fair enough for the fest to make a move toward recognizing this ensemble in some capacity, though. The Gotham Independent Film Awards nominating panel carved out a special jury prize for the cast at the upcoming New York ceremony, and the whole crew seems like a serious threat to take the SAG ensemble award in January.

The 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs Feb. 3 – 13, 2016.