SBIFF’s announces Benedict Cumberbatch Cinema Vanguard Award recipient

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Oscar-nominated Benedict Cumberbatch will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 37th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He will receive the award on Wednesday, March 9, after a personal conversation about his career leading up to this year’s appearance in Jane Campions’ THE POWER OF THE DOG from Netflix.

“He is an intelligent, enigmatic and deeply committed artist who comfortably spans a career in blockbusters and independent cinema, working with visionary talents like Jane Campion. We are ecstatically planning our celebration of Benedict Cumberbatch,” noted SBIFF CEO Roger Durling.

SBIFF director Roger Durling on the red carpet at the Opening Night film ‘Diving Deep: The Life And Times Of Mike deGruy’ during the 34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival at the historic Arlington Theater, January 31, 2019, in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Larry Gleeson / HollywoodGlee)

The Cinema Vanguard Award recognizes actors who have struck their own path, taking artistic risks, and making a significant and unique contribution to the film. Previous honorees include Carey Mulligan, Laura Dern, Michael B. Jordan, William DaFoe, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin, Bernice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Peter Sarsgaard, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci and Ryan Gosling.

The 37th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG®, takes place LIVE from March 2 through March 12, 2022. Official events, including screenings, filmmakers’ questions and answers, industry panels and celebrity tributes, will be held throughout the city, including at. the historic Arlington Theater. This year’s lineup will be announced in February 2022.

(From SBIFF News Release)

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