Nicole Kidman to Receive SBIFF's Vanguard Award

Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole."

Feb. 5 award ceremony is part of 26th annual film fest kicking off Jan. 27.

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman will be honored on Feb. 5 with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 26th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, happening Jan. 27 through Feb. 6.

"Honoring Nicole Kidman is so exciting for us here at SBIFF," executive director Roger Durling said in today's announcement. "Her work is immensely diverse and with this year's heart-wrenching and brilliant performance in Rabbit Hole -- a project she helped develop as well -- it is exactly who we should be celebrating with the 2011 Cinema Vanguard Award."

The honor, which was established to acknowledge those taking artistic risks and making a significant contribution to film, has previously been awarded to Christoph Waltz, Stanley Tucci and Kristin Scott Thomas, among others.