Six Virtuosos chosen for Santa Barbara Fest

Posted by · 12:38 pm · December 16th, 2008

Michael Shannon in Revolutionary RoadThe press release, in part (happy for Shannon, one of the good guys):

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues its tradition of honoring the year’s standout performers by presenting The 2009 Virtuosos Award to Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo and Michael Shannon.  The Award presentation will take place Wednesday, January 28 at the 24th edition of the Fest, which runs January 22-February 1, 2009, it was announced today by SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.

The Virtuosos Award was created last year to recognize a select group of actors who have distinguished themselves through performances in film this past year.  Last year’s recipients of this inaugural award were Casey Affleck, Marion Cottilard, who went on to win the Best Actress Oscar, James McAvoy, Ellen Page and Amy Ryan.

“Each of these virtuosos have dazzled us with some of the most unexpected, scene-stealing, heart-breaking, uncompromising, fearless and startling performances of the year,” Durling commented.

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  • 1 12-16-2008 at 3:36 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Holy SHIT. Now that’s some loving I can get behind!

    I still don’t really get the Hawkins love, or the movie’s admiration, but she’s always seemed like such a sweetheart I can’t be bitter.

  • 2 12-16-2008 at 5:38 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    You know, I hate to bring up the Batman thing again, but doesn’t Michael Shannon sorta look like he would make a killer Riddler? I mean, the look on his face in that picture in perfect, and he’s a talented actor….why not?

  • 3 12-16-2008 at 6:55 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Brian: “Sweetheart” is the word. Sally Hawkins could be the single nicest person in the biz I’ve ever met. Of course, it helps that I love her performance, but she’s the real thing.

    Yay for all these guys. There’s not a single one I don’t want to get behind.

  • 4 12-16-2008 at 7:33 pm

    NYLA said...

    I saw RR last night and I must say Shannon nearly stole that movie. The people in the screening clapped and cheered after his second scene.