SBIFF Announces 2016 Virtuosos

Elizabeth Banks, Joel Edgerton, Paul Dano, and Jacob Tremblay Honored

And 2016 Santa Barbara International Film Festival award announcements keep coming — and continue to be some of the most exciting actors working today. The Virtuosos Award was created to celebrate brilliant performances in the past year, and the 2016 honorees have all turned in tour de force work: Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Paul Dano (Youth, Love & Mercy) and Jacob Tremblay (Room). “These performers have used their craft and respective roles to transport us through the varied lives of their characters,” said festival director Roger Durling in a press release. “We have followed them along their artistic pursuits and are excited to join them in next steps of their journeys.”

In October, SBIFF bestowed its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film to Jane Fonda (Youth). In addition to the just-announced Virtuosos, SBIFF previously disclosed that Johnny Depp will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award and Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams will receive the American Riviera Award for their ensemble work in Spotlight

The award presentation takes place at the Arlington Theatre during the festival, which runs February 3-13. For more information and to purchase tickets, festival passes, and packages, see


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