Five-time Academy Award-nominated actress Annette Bening will be honored with the inaugural Arlington Award at this year’s 39th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Annette Bening will receive the award on Friday, February 16th, 2024 at an in-person conversation about her career leading up to her acclaimed performance in this year’s NYAD, directed by Oscar winners Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin.
“This is the first award added to our slate in twenty years. It is made to honor an artist who is greatly admired and who has demonstrated an incomparable commitment to film and its craft. Ms. Bening has not only displayed all of those qualities, but is considered by us to be a friend of the film festival. It feels fitting that this award – named after the home of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival – is first given to her,” said Executive Director Roger Durling.
Annette Bening is a celebrated actress across stage and screen. She most recently starred with Jodie Foster in NYAD, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, for which she received her fifth Best Actress Oscar nomination. Bening also received nominations for American Beauty, The Grifters, The Kids Are Alright, and Being Julia. In addition to sucu milestones, she has an impressive 35 year film career that also includes such notable classics as Bugsy, 20th Century Women and The American President.