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Jane Campion Presents Benedict Cumberbatch with Cinema Vanguard Award at 37th SBIFF

Posted by Larry Gleeson




SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (March 9, 2022) – Day 8 of the 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by UGG featured a tribute to Benedict Cumberbatch, who received the Cinema Vanguard Award. Cumberbatch was honored for his remarkable career and most recent performance in Jane Campion’s THE POWER OF THE DOG on Netflix.



During Cumberbatch’s conversation with Hammond, guests enjoyed clips from his acting career, including 12 Years A Slave, The Imitation Game, Sherlock, Dr. Strange, Patrick Melrose, Stephen Hawking’s Universe, and Power of the Dog.

Following Cumberbatch’s conversation with Hammond, Jane Campion presented him with the Cinema Vanguard Award. When presenting, Campion told Cumberbatch, “Every generation has their wunderkinder. First, there was Olivier, then there was Daniel Day-Lewis… and now there is you.”



Upon accepting his award, Cumberbatch said: “Vanguard means to be at the front of something, doesn’t it? You can’t really be at the front of anything without anyone behind you… I do feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of many, many people… I thank every single one of you that has paid for a ticket and gone to a theater…”



The Cinema Vanguard Award recognizes actors who have forged their own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous honorees include Carey Mulligan, Laura Dern, Michael B. Jordan, William DeFoe, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Peter Sarsgaard, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci, and Ryan Gosling.

Upcoming live conversations and tributes will include presentations to Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem and the women’s panel. The 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG®, will take place IN-PERSON through March 12, 2022. 200+ films, filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, and celebrity tributes, will be held throughout Santa Barbara, including at the historic Arlington Theatre. This year’s lineup is available on SBIFF’s mobile app. For additional information or to buy passes, visit sbiff.org.

About the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 36 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 100,000+ attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire the Santa Barbara community through film. In 2016, SBIFF entered a new era with the acquisition of the historic and beloved Riviera Theatre. After a capital campaign and renovation, the theatre is now SBIFF’s new state-of-the-art, year-round home, showing new international and independent films every day. In 2019, SBIFF opened its own Education Center in downtown Santa Barbara on State Street to serve as a home for its many educational programs and a place for creativity and learning.

(Press release courtesy of Sunshine Sachs, Michelle Tarangelo. Video courtesy of YTS Film)

Willem Dafoe Gets Cinema Vanguard Award at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Posted by Larry Gleeson

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The historic Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, Calif., hosted the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Cinema Vanguard Award Tribute honoring Willem Dafoe. (Photo by Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

Actor Willem Dafoe graced the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) last night at the historic Arlington Theater. Dafoe was in town to receive the SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Award. The Cinema Vanguard Award was created to recognize actors who have forged their own paths – taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film.

First, however, SBIFF Board President Lynda Weinman addressed the audience reiterating Executive Director Roger Durling’s Opening Night remarks. Weinman expressed her pleasure of serving as Board President heaping accolades on the SBIFF Staff, Executive Director Durling and the festival’s 700 volunteers then thanked the evening’s sponsor, Bella Vista Designs and the evening’s hotel sponsor, Hotel Santa Barbara.

But the evening belonged to Dafoe. The Hollywood Reporter’s Pete Hammond was introduced as the moderator for the 15th time in a row. Hammond expressed his appreciation for the Santa Barbaran spirit and his gratitude to be at the Arlington to honor Dafoe,

Hammond guided the conversation from start to finish after a well-orchestrated montage of Dafoe’s various roles set to music kickstarted the conversation. Clips from Platoon and The Last Temptation of Christ revealed an early actor’s empathic ability – something that defines Dafoe in many ways. Dafoe believes his acting roles have allowed him to feel how others might feel. And, that’s a lot of feeling. Dafoe has over 100 films to his credit and has been nominated three times for an Oscar.  Currently, Dafoe is nominated for his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Bobby Hicks, the manager at the Magic Castle Motel, in Sean Baker’s The Florida Project.

Dafoe received a rousing, standing ovation as he received his Cinema Vanguard Award.