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Santa Barbara Film Festival: Brendan Fraser, star of “The Whale”, shortlisted for the American Riviera Award

Brendan Fraserthe veteran film actor whose comeback performance in Darren Aronofskyit is The whalein which he plays a morbidly obese man trying to reconcile with his estranged daughter before it’s too late, generates Best Actor Oscar buzz, was named a recipient of the upcoming American Riviera Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the SBIFF announced Tuesday.

Fraser, who turns 54 in December, will participate in a retrospective conversation about his career before receiving the award – which recognizes people “who have made a significant contribution to American cinema” – on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, Valentine’s Day, at the theater historic Arlington from Santa Barbara.

Previous recipients of the American Riviera Award include Kristen Stewart, Delroy Lindo, Renee Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen, Sam Rockwell, Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Marc Ruffalo, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, mickey rourke, Tommy Lee Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane.

“I’m so thrilled that we’re celebrating Brendan Fraser at SBIFF,” said the festival’s executive director. Roger Durling said in a statement. “Here is an artist who has brought us so much joy over the years, given us so many incredible cinematic memories, and is now giving us the best performance of his career. We are thrilled to pay tribute to him.”

The 38th edition of SBIFF will take place from February 8 to 18, 2023.