Sylvester Stallone, Oscar-nominated for reprising the role of Rocky Balboa in Ryan Coogler's "Creed," will receive the Montecito Award at the 31st Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Past recipients include Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.
The honor, given to a person in the entertainment industry who has made a great contribution to film, gives Stallone's Oscar chances an added boost, nearly 40 years after he received his first nominations — Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay — for the first film in the "Rocky" franchise. Other SBIFF award recipients will include the "Spotlight" ensemble, including Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, Best Supporting Actress contender Alicia Vikander (for "The Danish Girl" and "Ex Machina"), and Géza Röhrig, the star of Best Foreign-Language Film frontrunner "Son of Saul."
The 2016 Montecito Award will be presented to Stallone at a ceremony on February 9 at Santa Barbara's Arlington Theatre.