Santa Barbara Film Fest: Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton and Jacob Tremblay Named Virtuosos

Additional recipients of this annual award, which celebrates breakthrough performances, will be named in the coming weeks.
Austin Hargrave
Elizabeth Banks

Four Oscar hopefuls in the supporting acting categories — Love & Mercy's Elizabeth Banks and Paul Dano, Black Mass' Joel Edgerton and 9-year-old Room star Jacob Tremblay — will receive Virtuoso awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the festival announced on Tuesday. The ceremony will take place at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre, on a date still to be determined, as part of SBIFF's 31st edition, which runs Feb. 3-13.

Additional Virtuosos will be named between now and then.

"These performers have used their craft and respective roles to transport us through the varied lives of their characters,” said SBIFF executive director Roger Durling in a statement. “We have followed them along their artistic pursuits and are excited to join them in next steps of their journeys.”

Previous Virtuosos include 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, Rooney Mara, Melissa McCarthy, Shailene Woodley, Andy Serkis, Patton Oswalt, Andrew Garfield, John Hawkes, Lesley Manville, Hailee Steinfeld, Jacki Weaver, Emily Blunt, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Stuhlbarg, Casey Affleck, Marion Cotillard, Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Amy Ryan, Michael Shannon, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Jared Leto and June Squibb.

The fest previously announced that Black Mass actor Johnny Depp will receive its Maltin Modern Master Award on Feb. 6 and Spotlight trio Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo will share its American Riviera Award on a date still to be determined. It will announce its other honorees in the coming days and weeks.

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