Actress Laura Dern will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Friday.
Dern will be honored Jan. 21 for her remarkable career and most recent performances in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” Pete Hammond, Deadline’s chief film critic, will moderate the evening.
“Laura is one of cinema’s world treasures and one of the festival’s favorite actresses. Her career has been extraordinary and continues to surprise us over and over again,” said Roger Durling, Roger Durling, Santa Barbara International Film Festival executive director.
“We celebrated her father Bruce Dern in 2014, so it’s particularly special to salute her at the 35th edition of our festival, making it the first time a father daughter duo has been honored,” Durling said.
Two-time Academy Award nominee, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Laura Dern has touched audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances.
Currently starring in two of the biggest films of the year, Netflix’s “Marriage Story” and Sony’s “Little Women,” Dern has also won four Golden Globe Awards with seven nominations, as well as earned a Primetime Emmy Award and seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
On television, Dern was most recently seen as Renata in the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” which aired on HBO this past summer.
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:
Michael B. Jordan, William DeFoe, 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.
The 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs Jan. 15-25. For more information and to buy tickets, festival passes and packages, visit www.sbiff.org.
— Tyler Carr for Santa Barbara International Film Festival.