×

Gal Gadot, Kumail Nanjiani, Timothee Chalamet Among Recipients for Virtuosos Award at Santa Barbara Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has tapped Daniel Kaluuya, Gal Gadot, Hong Chau, John Boyega, Kumail Nanjiani, Mary J. Blige, and Timothée Chalamet for this year’s Virtuosos Award.

Kaluuya will be recognized for his work as Chris Washington in the satirical thriller “Get Out,” Gadot for her portrayal as the titular character in “Wonder Woman,” Chau for her performance as Ngoc Lan Tran in “Downsizing,” Boyega for his role as Melvin Dismukes in the crime drama “Detroit,” Nanjiani’s fictional version of himself in “The Big Sick,” Blige as Florence Jackson in “Mudbound,” and Chalamet’s role as Elio in “Call Me By Your Name.”

“We are thrilled to celebrate this diverse group of actors who have earned their place as some of the most talented individuals working in the industry today,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said.

The Virtuosos Award is given annually to artists who have distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film. Prior recipients for the award include Dev Patel, Mahershala Ali, Melissa McCarthy, Andrew Garfield, Saoirse Ronan, Casey Affleck, and Viola Davis.

The 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs Jan. 31 through Feb. 10. The festival previously announced it will honor Willem Dafoe with the cinema vanguard award, Gary Oldman with the Maltin modern master award, and Judi Dench with the Kirk Douglas award for excellence in film.

More Film

  • Justin Baldoni

    Justin Baldoni Developing 'It Ends With Us' Romance Movie

    “Jane the Virgin” Star Justin Baldoni is adapting Colleen Hoover’s romance novel “It Ends With Us” for film through his Wayfarer Entertainment company. Baldoni announced Monday that he had optioned the project on his Instagram account. “It Ends With Us” first published in 2016 and follows a young woman through the tumultuous stages of an [...]

  • Matteo BocelliAmerican Icon Awards Gala, Inside,

    Top Music Manager Calls Out American Icon Awards for Failing to Pay Talent

    The centuries-old adage no good deed goes unpunished is a common refrain for star music manager Scott Rodger of late. Rodger, who represents Paul McCartney and Andrea Bocelli at Maverick, says his client Matteo Bocelli, the son of the opera star, was stiffed out of promised expense reimbursement by the American Icon Awards. The event, [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez Owen Wilson

    Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson Film 'Marry Me' Moves Back to Universal From STX

    The Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romantic comedy “Marry Me” has moved from STX back to its original home, Universal Pictures. STX previously took over the project in April. Kat Coiro is directing from a script written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Colombian singer/rapper Maluma has joined the cast and [...]

  • Austin Butler to Star as Elvis

    Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's Biopic

    Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic has found its king of rock ‘n’ roll. After numerous screen tests, Austin Butler has been tapped to play Elvis Presley in Luhrmann’s next feature film for Warner Bros. The studio tested with a handful of actors in full hair and make-up at the end of June to see who [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content