The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has selected eight actors for its virtuosos award for breakthrough performances, including Ruth Negga for “Loving,” Dev Patel for “Lion,” and Aaron Taylor Johnson for “Nocturnal Animals.”
Janelle Monáe will be honored for “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” alongside her “Moonlight” costars Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris. Ruth Negga was selected for “Loving”; Simon Helberg was named for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” and Stephen Henderson was tapped for “Fences.”
The award presentation, to be moderated for the seventh year by Dave Karger, will take place on Feb. 4 at the Arlington Theatre at the 32nd edition of the festival, which runs from Feb. 1 to Feb. 11.
“This year has been monumental in the breadth of talent breaking through in distinct and emotional roles,” Executive Director Roger During noted. “We are excited to honor both new and familiar faces, and look forward to celebrating them and their contribution to the craft.”
Prior recipients for the award include Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Géza Röhrig, Jacob Tremblay, Chadwick Boseman, Ellar Coltrane, Logan Lerman, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, J.K. Simmons, Jenny Slate, Ann Dowd, Elle Fanning, Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Omar Sy, Quvenzhane Wallis, Demian Bichir, and Rooney Mara.