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.