Santa Barbara Film Fest: 'Spotlight' Trio to Share American Riviera Award

Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo play members of the Boston Globe's investigative reporting team in Tom McCarthy's acclaimed drama.
'Spotlight,' Courtesy of Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films
(l to r) Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery in 'Spotlight'

Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo will be jointly honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's American Riviera Award, the festival announced Thursday. The ceremony will take place at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of SBIFF's 31st edition, which runs Feb. 3-13.

Keaton, 64, McAdams, 36, and Ruffalo, 47, play members of The Boston Globe's award-winning investigative team in Tom McCarthy's highly acclaimed drama Spotlight. Keaton and Ruffalo have been nominated for acting Oscars; Keaton also was last year's SBIFF Modern Master Award honoree.

"Michael, Mark and Rachel are three of the finest actors in the business," festival director Roger Durling said in a statement. "They are artists in the truest sense of the word who continue to surprise and inspire audiences with their talent." He added, "Their recent turn in Spotlight demonstrates their skills both harmoniously as an ensemble and individually. It is an honor to celebrate their work."

Previous recipients of SBIFF's American Riviera Award include Boyhood's Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke (2015), All Is Lost's Robert Redford (2014), Django Unchained's Quentin Tarantino (2013), Hugo's Martin Scorsese (2012), The Kids Are All Right's Annette Bening (2011), The Blind Side's Sandra Bullock (2010), The Wrestler's Mickey Rourke (2009), In the Valley of Elah's Tommy Lee Jones (2008), The Last King of Scotland's Forest Whitaker (2007), Capote's Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), The Woodsman's Kevin Bacon (2005) and Under the Tuscan Sun's Diane Lane (2004).

Arquette, Hawke, Tarantino, Scorsese, Bening, Bullock, Rourke, Jones, Whitaker and Hoffman all went on to receive Oscar nominations; Bullock, Whitaker and Hoffman took home the gold.

The fest previously announced that Black Mass actor Johnny Depp will receive its Maltin Modern Master Award on Feb. 6. It will announce its other honorees in the coming days and weeks.

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