Santa Barbara Film Fest: 'The Wife' Star Glenn Close Tapped for Highest Honor

The Maltin Modern Master Award is annually presented to "an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multifaceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry."
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Glenn Close

Glenn Close will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced Tuesday.

The 71-year-old legend of stage and screen, who has been nominated for more acting Oscars without a win than any other living person — six — and is regarded as a top contender to win the best actress Oscar this season for her acclaimed work in Bjorn Runge's The Wife, will be honored Feb. 2 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival's 34th edition, which will run Jan. 30-Feb. 9, 2019.

SBIFF's Modern Master Award, the fest's highest honor, was created in 1995 to celebrate "an individual who has enriched our culture through his/her multifaceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry." In 2015, it was renamed after film critic Leonard Maltin, who has moderated its presentation since its inception.

Previous recipients include Gary Oldman, Denzel Washington, Johnny Depp, Michael Keaton, Bruce Dern, Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron.

"Glenn Close is one of the great actresses of our time," Maltin said in a statement. "Versatility is her hallmark, and there is clearly nothing she can't do. She became a star with her first feature film, The World According to Garp, and has gone on to play everyone from Cruella de Vil to aging silent-film star Norma Desmond in the stage musical of Sunset Blvd. I can't wait to spend an evening with her onstage at the Arlington Theatre."

Close is currently acting in Jane Anderson's off-Broadway play Mother of the Maid at the Public Theater.