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Oprah Winfrey to Receive Santa Barbara International Film Festival's 2014 Montecito Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 12, 2013 at 11:51AM

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Oprah Winfrey with its Montecito Award at the 29th edition of the fest, to acknowledge her performance in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which has gained awards buzz, and as a celebration of her overall career. The Tribute takes place on February 5, 2014.
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Oprah Winfrey in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"
Oprah Winfrey in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Oprah Winfrey with its Montecito Award at the 29th edition of the fest, to acknowledge her performance in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," which has gained awards buzz, and as a celebration of her overall career. The Tribute takes place on February 5, 2014.

The Montecito recognizes a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout her or his career. Previous recipients include Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, who was the very first recipient in 2005.

Winfrey's fellow star in "The Butler," Forest Whitaker, will receive the fest's Kirk Douglas Award at a ceremony on December 15.

SBIFF runs January 30 – February 9, 2014. 

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Oprah Winfrey, Awards Season Roundup


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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.