Oscar winner Robert Redford (Ordinary People) has been named as this year’s recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s ‘American Riviera Award’ and will be presented with the honor on February 7th during the 2014 festival. Past honorees include Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Mickey Rourke, Tommy Lee Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, and Diane Lane.
The American Riviera Award was “established to recognize an actor who has had a strong influence on American Cinema.”
“To honor Robert Redford with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for SBIFF,” said the festival’s Executive Director Roger Durling. “His fifty-year career – filled with significant achievements both on and off camera – is reason enough for celebration, but his role in All is Lost – one of the best performances of the year – proves that he’s an artist that continues to evolve and inspire us.”
Profile of Robert Redford [Courtesy of SBIFF]:
Redford’s directorial debut, Ordinary People, won him the Academy Award® as Best Director in 1981. As director, Redford has brought to life John Nichols’ acclaimed novel The Milagro Beanfield War, A River Runs Through It and Quiz Show, which earned him yet another Best Director nomination. He earned two Golden Globe nominations (Best Picture and Best Director) for The Horse Whisperer and went on to direct and produce The Legend of Bagger Vance. He’s also produced Lions for Lambs (in which he also acted and directed), A Civil Action, How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog, Slums of Beverly Hills and Motorcycle Diaries, to name just a few.
Redford is perhaps best known for establishing the Sundance Institute, dedicated to the support and development of emerging screenwriters and directors of vision, and to the national and international exhibition of new independent cinema. The Sundance Film Festival is a program of the Institute and is internationally recognized as the single most important showcase of independent cinema.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs Thursday, January 30 through Sunday, February 9, 2014.
-Posted by Rebecca Murray
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