EXCLUSIVE: Benedict Cumberbatch was named an awardee of the Santa Barbara Film Festival‘s Cinema Vanguard Award, which will be presented on March 9 following a personal interview about his career that I will moderate. This resume includes Oscar-nominated roles in films like The imitation game and Emmy-winning work in the iconic Sherlock Holmes Series. It also includes a banner for 2021, not only featuring his critically acclaimed SAG and Critics Choice Oscar-nominated performance in Jane Campions The power of the dog, but also praised work in The Courier, The Electric Life of Louis Wain, as well as the repetition of Dr. Stephen Strange in the Uber Blockbuster Spider-Man: No Way Home.
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“He’s an intelligent, enigmatic and deeply committed artist, comfortably bridging a career in blockbuster and independent cinema, collaborating with visionary talents like Jane Campion. We are excited to plan our celebrations in honor of Benedict Cumberbatch,” said SBIFF CEO Roger Durling.
The Cinema Vanguard Award recognizes actors who forged their own path, took artistic risks and made a significant and unique contribution to film. Past 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, Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Peter Sarsgaard, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci, and Ryan Gosling.
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The 37th Santa Barbara Film Festival will take place from March 2nd to 12th in presence. Official events, including screenings, filmmaker Q&A, panel discussions and celebrity tributes, are held throughout the city, including at the historic Arlington Theatre. This year’s line-up will be announced in February.