Daniel Day-Lewis Honored by Santa Barbara Int'l Film Fest

Lincoln on Horse - H 2012

Lincoln on Horse - H 2012

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said Tuesday that Daniel Day-Lewis, a two-time best actor Oscar winner for My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood, will be presented with its Montecito Award on Jan. 26 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre. For his critically acclaimed performance as the 16th president in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Day-Lewis is widely expected to score his fifth Oscar nomination and ultimately become the first three-time best actor Oscar winner in history.

The SBIFF's Montecito Award honors "a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his/her career." Previous recipients include Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, Javier Bardem, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore and Geoffrey Rush.

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"Day-Lewis continues to inspire the industry and the public by his approach to tackling the most complex of characters and delivering brilliant performances time after time,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said in a statement. “He is indicative of what the Montecito Award represents, and we are thrilled to be presenting this to him this year."

SBIFF announced in November that it will honor Ben Affleck (Argo) with its Modern Master Award on Jan. 26, Amy Adams (The Master) with its Cinema Vanguard Award on Jan. 31 and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games) with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Feb. 2.

The 28th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs Jan. 24-Feb. 3.