You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Willem Dafoe Named Cinema Vanguard by Santa Barbara Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped “The Florida Projectstar Willem Dafoe for this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award.

The honor is one of many expected to come Dafoe’s way this Oscar season for his work in Sean Baker’s film. He was also nominated for the best actor Gotham Award by the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project.

Willem Dafoe has brought countless unforgettable characters to the big screen,” said SBIFF executive director Roger Durling. “His role in ‘The Florida Project’ perfectly embodies his talent and imagination.”

The Cinema Vanguard honor is given annually to an actor who has forged his or her own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous recipients include Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, and Ryan Gosling.

“The Florida Project” has made over $3 million in limited release so far.

The 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 10.

More Film

  • Italian Filmmaker Paolo Genovese Arrives at

    'Perfect Strangers' Director Paolo Genovese Set for U.S. Debut (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped “The Florida Project” star Willem Dafoe for this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award. The honor is one of many expected to come Dafoe’s way this Oscar season for his work in Sean Baker’s film. He was also nominated for the best actor Gotham Award by the New York-based […]

  • 'Shelved' Launches China-New Zealand Production Alliance

    Andrew Adamson's 'Shelved' Launches China-New Zealand Production Alliance (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped “The Florida Project” star Willem Dafoe for this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award. The honor is one of many expected to come Dafoe’s way this Oscar season for his work in Sean Baker’s film. He was also nominated for the best actor Gotham Award by the New York-based […]

  • Robert Zemeckis

    Robert Zemeckis to Direct Adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The Witches' (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped “The Florida Project” star Willem Dafoe for this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award. The honor is one of many expected to come Dafoe’s way this Oscar season for his work in Sean Baker’s film. He was also nominated for the best actor Gotham Award by the New York-based […]

  • Morgan Neville

    Director Morgan Neville on the Mr. Rogers Movie That Will Make You Cry

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped “The Florida Project” star Willem Dafoe for this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award. The honor is one of many expected to come Dafoe’s way this Oscar season for his work in Sean Baker’s film. He was also nominated for the best actor Gotham Award by the New York-based […]

  • 'Uncle Drew' Review: Kyrie Irving Takes

    Film Review: 'Uncle Drew'

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped “The Florida Project” star Willem Dafoe for this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award. The honor is one of many expected to come Dafoe’s way this Oscar season for his work in Sean Baker’s film. He was also nominated for the best actor Gotham Award by the New York-based […]

  • Owen (CHRIS PRATT) and Blue face

    Box Office: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' to Devour $130 Million in Debut

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped “The Florida Project” star Willem Dafoe for this year’s Cinema Vanguard Award. The honor is one of many expected to come Dafoe’s way this Oscar season for his work in Sean Baker’s film. He was also nominated for the best actor Gotham Award by the New York-based […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content