Magazine article Variety

Vanguards, Virtuosos, Artisans Get Their Due

Magazine article Variety

Vanguards, Virtuosos, Artisans Get Their Due

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This year's Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will screen a wide array of films, scores of them world or U.S. premieres, and pay tribute to film luminaries, including Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, and Casey Affleck.

CASEY AFFLECK AND MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Cinema Vanguard Award

The "Manchester by the Sea" co-stars, both Oscarnominated for their roles in Kenneth Lonergan's drama about a taciturn Boston handyman with a tortured past, will receive the Cinema Vanguard honor on Feb. 5. Affleck has one earlier nomination under his belt, for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" while Williams previously scored three Academy Award nominations - for "Brokeback Mountain," "Blue Valentine" and "My Week With Marilyn."

JEFF BRIDGES

American Riviera Award

The Oscar-nominated "Hell or High Water" star is being honored for his contribution to film by the festival. A child of Hollywood - his father, Lloyd, starred in TV's "Sea Hunt" and later the "Airplane!" movies - the younger Bridges got his first Oscar nomination for "The Last Picture Show" and eventually won a statuette for "Crazy Heart" He has also been nominated for "Thunderbolt and Lightfoot," "Starman" "The Contender" and "True Grit."

RYAN GOSLING AND EMMA STONE

Performers of the Year

The "La La Land" pair will receive their honor Feb. 3. The star-crossed lovers from Damien Chazelle's modern musical have each been nominated once before: Gosling for "Half Nelson" and Stone for "Birdman" Canadian-born Gosling memorably starred in "The Notebook," "Drive," and "The Big Short" Stone shot to stardom in such pics as "Easy A," "Crazy Stupid Love," "Superbad," "The Help" and "The Amazing Spider-Man."

ISABELLEHUPPERT

Montecito Award

Huppert, riveting in her Oscar-nominated role in "Elle" will be awarded for her stylish contribution to film on Feb. …

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