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Cate Blanchett to Receive Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2013 at 11:40AM

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders. This year, the 2014 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award will go to Cate Blanchett on February 1 for her ace performance in Woody Allen’s "Blue Jasmine." The 29th edition of the fest runs January 30 – February 9, 2014.
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders. This year, the 2014 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award will go to Cate Blanchett on February 1 for her ace performance in Woody Allen’s "Blue Jasmine." The 29th edition of the fest runs January 30 – February 9, 2014.

Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker, who has impressed this year in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," is set receive the fest's Kirk Douglas Award at a ceremony on December 15. 

More info is on the fest's website.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Cate Blanchett


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.