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Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival To Honor Ben Affleck with Modern Master Award on January 26

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 13, 2012 at 12:27PM

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award on January 26 in the historic Arlington Theatre. The award, which in the past has gone to the likes of Christopher Plummer, James Cameron, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood and George Clooney...
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Ben Affleck directing Argo

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 24 - February 3) will honor Ben Affleck with the Modern Master Award on January 26 in the historic Arlington Theatre. The award, which in the past has gone to the likes of  Christopher Plummer, James Cameron, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood and George Clooney, can function as an Oscar push for likely nominees.

The Modern Master Award is the highest honor at the Santa Barbara fest, and was created in 1995 to honor individuals who have "enriched our culture through his/her multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry." Affleck's third feature (after "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town"), "Argo," is a likely Oscar contender. He directed, produced and starred.

Other celebrity tributes at SBIFF include the American Riviera Award for outstanding achievement in American film (Martin Scorsese and Annette Benning have been past recipients), the Outstanding Performance of the Year Award (previously going to Viola Davis and Colin Firth) and the Virtuosos Award (past recipients include Rooney Mara, Melissa McCarthy and Demian Bachir).

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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.