Santa Barbara Film Festival to honor Robert Redford

The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Tuesday that Robert Redford will receive the American Riviera Award at a tribute Feb. 7 at the Arlington Theatre.

The festival takes place Jan. 30 through Feb. 9.

Redford, 77, has starred in such classic films as 1969’s “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” 1973’s “The Sting” and “The Way We Were” and won a best director Oscar for his debut feature as a filmmaker, 1980’s “Ordinary People.” Redford also changed the landscape of independent cinema, establishing Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival.

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He’s a Golden Globe nominee for “All Is Lost,” playing a man stranded at sea in a damaged boat. He won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for his work and is also nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award and Critics’ Choice Movie Award.

The American Riviera Award recognizes an actor who has had a “strong influence” on American cinema. Past recipients include Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Sandra Bullock.

“To honor Robert Redford with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for the SBIFF,” said festival executive director Roger Durling in a statement. “This 50-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.”



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