Oprah Winfrey Receives the Lifetime ‘Montecito Award’

Feb 7, 2014 at 8:15 am |
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SBIFF Oprah Winfrey Montecito Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival gives several awards to actors and other professionals during its January 30 through February 9, 2014 season, including the lifetime achievement Montecito Award that Oprah Winfrey won this year. It recognizes her for a series of standout performances, including on February 5 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is known for recognizing films that promote social causes, which includes the film Winfrey recently starred in the historical “The Butler,” a depiction of how the Civil Rights Movement affected the White House’s African-American butler’s family. The film is based on a true story and explores the duality of a man living in a practical reality of working to support his family while his idealistic oldest child becomes involved in the Black Panther Party and fights social inequality on the front lines.

The festival is a significant event between the Oscar nominations and the Oscar ceremony that many members of the Academy attend, along with A-list actors, and some of the industry’s best distributors attend, including Paramount, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Lionsgate, and others.

The Montecito Award is given to an actor who has performed with significant performances throughout his/her career, and previous recipients have included Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Geoffrey Rush and Daniel Day-Lewis. UGG Australia will present the award.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is in a prime location for actors and Hollywood professionals to visit. Just half an hour’s drive from Los Angeles, it is situated in a Spanish historical area on the Southwest coast of California. It is also near the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains. It has an airport and a vibrant hospitality industry. The admissions tickets costs range from $325 for an off-peak admissions ticke to $7,500 for an all access pass.

The Santa Barbara Film Festival gives several awards to actors and other professionals during its January 30 through February 9, 2014 season, including the lifetime achievement Montecito Award that Oprah Winfrey won this year.