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Oscar Watch: Santa Barbara Film Festival To Give Bening American Riviera Award

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 1, 2010 at 5:55AM

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will bestow the American Riviera Award to The Kids Are All Right star Annette Bening, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and is considered a top contender for the best actress Oscar this year. She also earned strong reviews for Mother and Child.
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will bestow the American Riviera Award to The Kids Are All Right star Annette Bening, who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and is considered a top contender for the best actress Oscar this year. She also earned strong reviews for Mother and Child.

Last year Sandra Bullock accepted the Riviera Award, which recognizes "an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema," before moving on to win the best actress Oscar. Mickey Rourke also went on to an Oscar nomination for The Wrestler. Other recipients include: Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).

Bening's award ceremony will take place at the Arlington Theatre on Friday, January 28. The fest's 26th edition runs January 27- February 6, 2011. The festival also honored Bening in 2005; her films range from comedic (The American President and American Beauty) to dramatic (Being Julia, Valmont, Bugsy and The Grifters).

Here's my flip cam interview with Bening.

This article is related to: Awards, Festivals, Headliners, Studios, Video, Oscars, Annette Bening, Universal/Focus Features, Interviews


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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.