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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Tribute Honors David O. Russell

Oscar-nominated director is up for an Academy Award for his latest project, American Hustle

David O. Russell was honored Friday night with the Outstanding Director Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Russell, 55, who was nominated for a best-director Oscar for his latest hit — American Hustle — was the subject of a tribute at the Arlington Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara.

Friday was the first of several nights of tributes for the festival, which runs through Feb. 9, and included the traditional red-carpet entrance for film big-wigs.

Russell’s last three films — American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter — have received more than two dozen Oscar nominations, and established him as one of Hollywood’s top directors.

[Click here for a schedule of upcoming Film Festival events.]

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Director David O. Russell signs autographs outside the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara. (Fritz Olenberger photo / www.olenberger.com)
Director David O. Russell signs autographs outside the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara. (Fritz Olenberger photo / www.olenberger.com)

David O. Russell, director of 'American Hustle,' talks with fans outside the Arlington Theatre. (Fritz Olenberger photo / www.olenberger.com)
David O. Russell, director of American Hustle, talks with fans outside the Arlington Theatre. (Fritz Olenberger photo / www.olenberger.com)

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