Santa Barbara Film Fest: Three 'Moonlight' Scene-Stealers Among Eight Virtuoso Honorees

Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Janelle Monae will be joined at a Feb. 4 ceremony by Stephen Henderson, Simon Helberg, Ruth Negga, Dev Patel and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
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'Moonlight' stars Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Janelle Monae

Three supporting performers from the indie breakout Moonlight — Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Janelle Monae (who also stars in the forthcoming Hidden Figures) — will receive Virtuoso awards from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival alongside Fences supporting actor Stephen Henderson, Florence Foster Jenkins supporting actor Simon Helberg, Loving lead actress Ruth Negga, Lion supporting actor Dev Patel and Nocturnal Animals supporting actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the festival announced Friday.

The presentation, which will be moderated by Dave Karger for the seventh time, will take place on Feb. 4 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of SBIFF's 32nd edition, which runs Feb. 1-11.

“This year has been monumental in the breadth of talent breaking through in distinct and emotional roles,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said in a statement. “We are excited to honor both new and familiar faces, and look forward to celebrating them and their contribution to the craft.

The fest previously announced that Rules Don't Apply writer-director-star Warren Beatty will receive its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film at a stand-alone ceremony on Nov. 23. It will announce its other honorees in the coming days and weeks.