SANTA BARBARA, CA (December 12, 2011) – The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by lynda.com, is thrilled to honor Academy Award®-winning director, screenwriter, producer and film historian Martin Scorsese with the American Riviera Award, marking the first time the award has been bestowed on a director. Scorsese, whose latest films, Hugo and the HBO documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World were released to critical acclaim this fall, will be honored on Monday, January 30 at the Arlington Theatre for the Fest’s 27th edition, which runs January 26- February 5, 2012. The American Riviera Award was established to recognize an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema. Scorsese, the first director to receive this award, will join an illustrious group of past recipients: Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).
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