George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman,
Heath Ledger set to be fêted at 21st Fest

By Madelyn Ritrosky
Entertainment Magazine

Photos: George Clooney (right), Jeff Bridges (below) at the opening night party at Paseo Nuevo after the premiere of "Ask the Dust."

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, in Santa Barbara, CA., must have ESP—or at least a great sense of who’s going to shine during the upcoming awards season.

The Festival is basking in a golden glow after this morning’s Golden Globe announcements—learning they will be honoring three Golden Globe nominees at the upcoming Fest.

“We’re thrilled to be able to honor each of these actors,” said Festival Director Roger Durling. “The Golden Globe nominations announced today only reinforce what we knew from seeing their work on the big screen—that they are phenomenal!”

George Clooney, who will receive the Fest’s “Modern Master Award,” was nominated for Best Director-Motion Picture (“Good Night, And Good Luck”), Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (“Syriana”), and Best Screenplay (with Grant Heslov for “Good Night, And Good Luck”). Clooney’s Section Eight Productions co-produced “Good Night, And Good Luck,” which was also nominated for Best Motion Picture-Drama.

Additionally, Philip Seymour Hoffman, set to receive “The Riviera Award” was nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for his current role in “Capote.”

Hoffman will receive competition from another of the Fest’s honorees, Heath Ledger, also nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for his role in “Brokeback Mountain.” Ledger will receive the “Breakthrough Performance of the Year” award for this role.

Naomi Watts will also be honored at this year’s Festival. All tributes will be produced by Paul Fagen of P. Fagen Productions.

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