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Santa Barbara Film Fest Announces 2014 Outstanding Director Award Winner

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! January 17, 2014 at 8:01PM

It's a good week for David O. Russell, who has just been named the winner of the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Director Award.
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It's a good week for David O. Russell, who has just been named the winner of the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Director Award. 

"It was at the first-ever screening of American Hustle for the SBIFF Cinema Society last November that I knew precisely who should receive our Outstanding Director Award," fest executive director Roger Durling recalled.

Oscar-nominated for "American Hustle" for both director and screenplay just yesterday, Russell will receive the SBIFF prize at the Arlington Theatre on Friday, January 31. In the past week, his film won both the Critics' Choice Award and the Golden Globe for Best Comedy. For the second year in a row, Russell has directed his cast to Oscar nominations in all four acting races.

The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs January 30 through February 9, 2014. Other prestigious tributes at this year's fest include Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford.

This article is related to: Awards Season Roundup, Awards, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, David O. Russell, American Hustle

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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.