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Jennifer Lawrence to Receive Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at Santa Barbara International Film Fest

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 28, 2012 at 11:08AM

The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Jennifer Lawrence with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on February 2. The fest's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders; Lawrence is considered a frontrunner for Best Actress for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
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Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Jennifer Lawrence with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on February 2. The fest's myriad high-profile tributes typically act as Oscar pushes for likely contenders; Lawrence is considered a frontrunner for Best Actress for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."

It's been a big year for Lawrence, who headed the first installment of the thus far uber-successful "The Hunger Games" franchise back in March. (The film's total domestic box office haul was slightly over $408 million.) She's been receiving accolades for her performance as depressive yet dance-happy Tiffany in "Silver Linings" since the film's glowingly received debut at TIFF in September.

Lawrence received a Best Actress Oscar nod for "Winter's Bone" in 2010.

Past recipients of the SBIFF Outstanding Performer award include Viola Davis, James Franco, Colin Firth and Helen Mirren.

Check out our TOH! interview with Lawrence here.

This article is related to: Awards, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games


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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.