Actress Kate Beckinsale, known for her roles in such films as “Total Recall,” “The Aviator,” and “Laurel Canyon,” will be the recipient of the San Diego International Film Festival’s Cinema Vanguard Award. The honor will be presented on Sept. 29 at the Night of the Stars Tribute at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, Calif.
Now in its 15th year, SDiFF will run from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2.
The Cinema Vanguard Award honors an actor “who has the tenacity to forge new ground within their craft,” per the fest’s announcement. “Beckinsale is an immensely gifted actress who has proven to be one of the industry’s most versatile and charismatic performers.”
Each year SDiFF screens a diverse slate of movies, ranging from narrative to documentaries to shorts. Screenings will be held in the newly renovated historic Balboa Theater and Regal Theaters in Downtown San Diego, and ArcLight Cinemas in La Jolla.
Beckinsale received critical praise for her role as Lady Susan in Whit’s Stillman’s romantic drama “Love and Friendship,” an adaptation of a Jane Austen’s novella that premiered at Sundance this year.
“Kate is a wonderful performer and we couldn’t be happier to present her with the Cinema Vanguard Award, which is an indication of all the fine work she has done in such a wide variety of film roles,” said Tonya Mantooth, the festival’s executive and artistic director. The actress will next be seen in the fifth installment of the sci-fi fantasy “Underworld: Blood Wars,” where she reprises her role as the action hero Selene.
SDiFF is produced by the San Diego Film Foundation.