Eastwood to receive yet another accolade, this time at Santa Barbara Fest

Posted by · 10:55 am · November 21st, 2008

Clint EastwoodThe press release, in part:

Clint Eastwood has been selected to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s highest honor, The Modern Master Award, it was announced by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling. The Tribute will take place on Thursday, January 29, at the historic Arlington Theatre.

The Modern Master Award is the highest honor presented by SBIFF. Established in 1995, it was created to honor an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her accomplishments in the motion picture industry. Past Modern Masters recipients include Michael Douglas, Peter Jackson, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Will Smith, and Cate Blanchett.

Comments SBIFF Director Roger Durling, “Clint Eastwood is inarguably one of our greatest directors, one of our greatest producers and one of our greatest actors ever – to call him a Modern Master is simply an understatement.”

We in the press will finally be getting a look at “Gran Torino” in a little over a week, by the way. In fact, Monday screenings of Oscar hopefuls will push the “Off the Carpet” column to Tuesdays for the next two weeks. I’ll post a reminder of that on Monday.

But with this news in mind, I find myself, more and more, seeing the Best Actor race as Sean Penn vs. Clint Eastwood. Penn’s performance has the power to be his second Oscar, in my view, and Eastwood’s role is going to rip a few hearts to shreds. Mickey Rourke is phenomenal in “The Wrestler,” but I’m beginning to sense that his award will be the nomination. A pat on the back and a “welcome home.”

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  • 1 11-21-2008 at 12:02 pm

    John K said...

    So you don’t see Leonardo DiCaprio as a serious contender? Obviously, we still have a few months to go, but I feel as if the Academy is ready to give him his due.

    Sigh, Penn should be gunning for his first Oscar, since Bill Murray was robbed that year. But I guess it’s the same reason why Mickey Rourke won’t win. The Academy would rather award a favored son instead of the prickly semi-outsider. (I like Penn, and I’m sure he’s great in “Milk.” I’m still a little bitter about Murray, I guess.)

  • 2 11-21-2008 at 12:06 pm

    tony rock said...

    I too am getting sick of Dicaprio being overlooked. I know the guy’s still young but c’mon…

  • 3 11-21-2008 at 12:07 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The further I spin away from Leo, the more I kind of question the performance. Just slightly. And enough that I think the other performances will surely overshadow him.

    He will definitely get an Oscar one day, but come on, it took two decades for Pacino.

  • 4 11-21-2008 at 1:21 pm

    John Foote said...

    Couple of things — first, though I love Rourke’s performance, its one for the ages, deserving of the Oscar, there a lot of people in that Academy who do not like the man, and are not happy he is even working THAT’S HOW MANY BRIDGES HE BURNED — second, I love Eastwood, he has grown as an actor over the years, gotten better with age, there is more depth to his work and he has the ability to command the screen in the manner of classic greats like John Wayne or Burt Lancaster — that said, will he slip under the skin of the character like Sean Penn did in Milk (astonishing) or Di Caprio in “Revolutionary Road”, which might be the best performance of the year? Maybe, maybe…but if he wins the Oscar, Eastwood, it will be more for the body of work, the good will felt within the business than for the actual performance — again, I have not seen the film and may be eating my words in a week or so, just a hunch is all —
    My friend Christopher Heard wrote a book about Rourke and spent a lot of time with him, and Chris states that even Rourke knows the odds are against him for the Oscar, hell, he will do well to get the nomination, which indeed will be the award for him.

  • 5 11-21-2008 at 6:58 pm

    head_wizard said...

    I wonder about one thing since Penn looked up to Rourke early in his career he may campaign for Rourke. Thats a long shot but it is possible right now I think Penn looks good for a win cause his film looks like a great bet to be up for best picture as well.