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Santa Barbara Awards Robert Redford the American Riviera

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood December 17, 2013 at 9:30AM

This is the year that Sundance maestro Robert Redford visits other people's festivals in addition to his own. He went to Cannes in May with J.C. Chandor's survival drama "All is Lost," in which he gives a virtuosic solo performance. It was the first time a Sundance filmmaker had asked Redford to star in a film. Then Redford schlepped to Telluride and New York. (Here's our career profile.) Now the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor the actor/director/ producer--who nabbed a Best Actor nomination from the Golden Globes and a win from the New York Film Critics Circle --with the American Riviera Award.
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Robert Redford

This is the year that Sundance maestro Robert Redford visits other people's festivals in addition to his own. He went to Cannes in May with J.C. Chandor's survival drama "All is Lost," in which he gives a virtuosic solo performance. It was the first time a Sundance filmmaker asked Redford to star in a film. Then Redford schlepped to Telluride and New York. (Here's our career profile.)

Now the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor the actor/director/ producer--who nabbed a Best Actor nomination from the Golden Globes and a win from the New York Film Critics Circle --with the American Riviera Award. 

SBIFF established the American Riviera Award to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Past recipients include Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese (2012), Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).

Redford has pursued many things over his long career, from acting, producing and directing to ardent support of political causes, especially conservation and the environment. Redford's enduring legacy will include establishing the Sundance Institute to nurture independents via filmmaker workshops and January's Sundance Film festival. The Santa Barbara Fest runs Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 9, 2014. Redford will be feted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Arlington Theatre. 

This article is related to: Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Festivals, Robert Redford


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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.