The Santa Barbara Film Festival is honoring La La Land stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling with the festival’s 2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year award. The honor will be bestowed on Friday, February 3. This is the first time that Stone has been honored by the festival and it marks the return of Gosling, who was the inaugural recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008.
Stone and Gosling’s tribute will take place at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre. The 32nd annual fest runs February 1-11.
La La Land, directed and written by Oscar nominee Damien Chazelle, doesn’t open until December 9, but the Lionsgate/Summit musical has already generated a significant amount of buzz on the fall festival circuit taking the Oscar bellwether People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, the best narrative feature audience award at The Hamptons, and the Volpi Cup best actress award at Venice for Stone.
“Ryan and Emma’s luminous performances in La La Land remind us of the transformative and magical role of cinema,” said Santa Barbara executive director Roger Durling in anouncing the award. “We are so proud to celebrate them and this incredible film and its nod to the classic love stories of Old Hollywood with a contemporary twist.”
Stone and Gosling also join other SBIFF honorees who’ve been announced for this year’s fest: Warren Beatty (Rules Don’t Apply), who is receiving the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; and honorees Aaron Taylor Johnson (Nocturnal Animals), Dev Patel (Lion), Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures, Moonlight), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Ruth Negga (Loving), Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) and Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences).