The Montecito Award is given to a performer “who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his/her career and whose style has been a contribution to film.” Winfrey was selected because of her performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
Announcing Winfrey’s win, SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling said, “Ms. Winfrey, the actress, inhabits Gloria Gaines with such gusto – she makes you forget Oprah the impresario. Her performance is career-defining and reason to rejoice.”
Winfrey joins a list of winners that includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts, and Annette Bening.
For more info on the festival, visit www.sbfilmfestival.org.
Source: Santa Barbara International Film Festival
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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