The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has been FANTASTIC -- highlights include, of course, the PICTURE PARIS PREMIERE in a prime-time packed screening on Saturday night and a second screening last night, incredible special events honoring MARTIN SCORSESE, VIOLA DAVIS, and CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, and dozens of screenings of film ranging from the merely interesting to the remarkable.
In a sure sign that they know what the heck they are doing, honorees VIola Davis and Christopher Plummer went from the stage at the Santa Barbara Film Festival directly to winning Sceen Actors Guild awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night. Perhaps the Santa Barbara good-luck will take Martin Scorsese to the stage for an Oscar in February.
In a sweet Picture Paris coincidence, French actors
Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo from Michael Hazanavicius's THE ARTIST
will also be honored this week at SBIFF. The Festical draws to a close on Sunday February 5.