Variety’s seventh annual Artisans Awards celebrates those essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields.
The tribute evening will take place in a virtual ceremony on Monday, April 5 that will stream on the Santa Barbara Film Festival website. Variety’s Senior Artisans Editor Jazz Tangcay will moderate conversations with all the Artisan Award recipients.
The Variety Artisans Award will honor the following recipients:
Alan Baumgarten for Netflix’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which sees the editor reunite with screenwriter and director Aaron Sorkin. Baumgarten won an Emmy for his work on 2008’s “Recount.” He received an Academy Award nomination for 2013’s “American Hustle.”
Nicolas Becker, who earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Sound for his work on Amazon’s “Sound of Metal.” Becker has over 263 credits which include “Arrival,” “Ex Machina” and “Gravity.”
Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne has four Oscar nominations and won the Best Achievement in Costume Design for her work on 2008’s “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” Byrne will be honored for her most recent work on the Focus Features release “Emma” starring Anya Taylor Joy.
Donald Graham Burt and Jan Pascale are the team behind “Mank’s” production design and set design. Together they transformed locations and sets for David Fincher’s Netflix drama, which tells the story of how Herman J. Mankiewicz wrote the screenplay for “Citizen Kane.” Set during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Burt and Pascale recreated Hearst Castle and transformed modern-day studio backlots into days of Hollywood past.
Visual Effects Supervisor Sean Faden contributed to Disney’s “Mulan.” Faden, along with the team at Weta Digital, helped transform Gong Li into a witch and built some of the location shots for the film’s Imperial City.
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” hair department head Mia Neal is on a solid path to making Oscar history if the Netflix contender lands a nomination for Hair and Makeup. Neal would be the first Black Oscar nominee in the category. Her previous credits include “Uncut Gems” and “The Longest Week.”
Grammy Award and Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. is a triple threat this season. He’s starring in “Hamilton” on Disney Plus and in Regina King’s “One Night in Miami” (Amazon) where he plays Sam Cooke. He’s also a contender in the original song category along with fellow songwriter Sam Ashworth. The two wrote “Speak Now,” which plays over the film’s end credits. They previously collaborated on Odom Jr.’s 2019 album “Mr.”
Joshua James Richards will be honored for Searchlight’s “Nomadland.” Richards has worked on short films such as “Boneshaker” and “Glory Days.” “Nomadland” marks his third collaboration with filmmaker Chloe Zhao. The two previously collaborated on “Songs My Brothers Taught Me” and “The Rider.”
The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from March 31-April 10. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.