2016 SBIFF Virtuosos Award Tribute

  1. Alicia Vikander @ 2016 SBIFF
  2. O’Shea Jackson Jr on STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON @ 2016 SBIFF
  3. Alicia Vikander On Ex_Machina and Working w/ Eddie Redmayne
  4. O’Shea Jackson Jr. Viewpoint on Films @ 2016 SBIFF

It was a busy night in Santa Barbara, as the 31st annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival feted its Virtuosos at the historical Arlington Theater. Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, O’Shea Jackson, Jr, Géza Röhrig, Jacob Tremblay, and Alicia Vikander took to the stage for discussions with moderator Dave Karger and to be presented with their awards by Leonard Maltin.

Joel Edgerton was regrettably unable to attend, but a taped interview with Karger played during his portion of the tribute evening, which was sponsored by Travel and Leisure.

With honoree ages ranging from nine to 48, the evening began with Elizabeth Banks, who told the audience that the LOVE AND MERCY script was one of only two scripts she has ever fallen in love with (the other was ZAC AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO) and the success of the first film as a director, PITCH PERFECT 2. Paul Dano followed and talked about the three months of preparing he did with the music of The Beach Boys for LOVE AND MERCY.

After Joel Edgerton’s taped conversation played, O’Shea Jackson, Jr explained that it was his father’s idea that Jackson, Jr play him in STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, not the other way around! He discussed studying screenwriting at USC and how he needed to grow confidence to become an actor. As the audience applauded at the end of his conversation, he exclaimed, ‘I feel like The Rock!

Géza Röhrig spoke to Karger about how he had already been a musician, poet, and teacher, and joked that yes, he did expect to one day be sitting on a stage in Santa Barbara accepting an award for acting. Before SON OF SAUL, Géza had only acted once before, 25 years ago in a Hungarian mini-series. Next up, Jacob Tremblay charmed the crowd while describing the emotionally stressful ROOM. ‘If you’re an adult or a mom you understand what’s happening, but if you’re a kid you’re like, ‘oh whatever’,’ he said about his viewing experience.

Last to the stage, but certainly not least, Alicia Vikander spoke about how her background in dance has helped her as an actress. She mentioned in particular that it helped her with the physicality of her character in EX-MACHINA. She also discussed the challenges of playing such a range of emotions in THE DANISH GIRL.

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– Originally Posted February 8, 2016

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