Nov 12, 2013 7:09 PM by Jeanette Trompeter

Oprah Winfrey to be honored in Montecito

Oprah Winfrey fell in love with the Montecito/Santa Barbara area years ago and this year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the community will show her a little love.

The SBIFF will honor Winfrey with the prestigious Montecito Award presented by UGG® Australia at the 29th annual festival. The Montecito Award was created in recognition of a performer who has given a series of classic and standout performances throughout his/her career and whose style has been a contribution to film. Previously, the award has been given to Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening, who was the very first recipient in 2005.

Winfrey will be honored on behalf of her inspirational performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler and as a celebration of her overall career. In the Butler, Winfrey portrays supportive wife Gloria Gaine. The historical drama stars Forest Whitaker as an African American butler working at the White House through multiple administrations, set against the arc of the civil rights movement.

Winfrey, an accomplished actress, producer and business woman, made her acting debut in 1985 with the period drama The Color Purple portraying the troubled wife, Sofia, a performance that garnered her an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1998, she starred in and produced Jonathan Demme's Beloved and in 2009 she served as Executive producer on Lee Daniels' film Precious, which went on to receive six Academy Award® nominations and winning two. Winfrey also lent her voice in several movies such as Charlotte's Web, Bee Movie and The Princess and The Frog.

Of course, for 25 years Oprah Winfrey was in America's homes as host and producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show under her own banner of Harpo Productions and is currently the Chairman and CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

The Tribute happens Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Arlington Theatre. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs January 30 - February 9, 2014. Now in its 29th year, SBIFF offers 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in-between. Tickets are available now and can be purchased by clicking here, or by calling 805-963-0023



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