On February 14th, 2024, Paul Giamatti will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Giamatti will be honored for his work on Focus Features’ The Holdovers from acclaimed director Alexander Payne.
Giamatti is nominated for an Academy Award this year for his role in The Holdovers alongside fellow actors Jeffrey Wright, Cillian Murphy, Bradley Cooper, and Coleman Domingo.
In The Holdovers, Paul Giamatti stars as a moving portrayal of curmudgeonly school teacher Paul Hunham at a New England prep school forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond a damaged, brainy troublemaker (Dominic Sessa) and the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam (Da’Vine Joy Randolph).
The Holdovers was nominated for five Academy Awards total. It also received seven BAFTAs. Giamatti was awarded both a Golden Globe & Critics Choice Award for his outstanding performance in the film as well as multiple other accolades such as the The Palm Springs International Film Festival “Icon Award” and the National Board of Review Award for Best Actor.
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What is the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) is an annual film festival held in Santa Barbara, California. The festival typically takes place in late January or early February and lasts for about 10 days. SBIFF is known for showcasing a wide variety of films, including independent and international films, documentaries, and short films.
The festival attracts filmmakers, industry professionals, and film enthusiasts from around the world. It features screenings, panel discussions, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, and various events celebrating the art of cinema. SBIFF often honors notable figures in the film industry with awards, including the prestigious Virtuosos Award, the Outstanding Directors of the Year Award, and the Montecito Award, among others.
What is the Cinema Vanguard Award?
The Cinema Vanguard Award recognizes actors who have forged their own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous honorees include Colin Farrell & Brendan Gleeson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Carey Mulligan, Laura Dern, Michael B. Jordan, Willem 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.