Actors Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be honoured with Outstanding Performer of the Year awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The actors will be feted for their roles in new movie La La Land at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre in February next year, reported Deadline.
Stone has never been honoured by festival organisers before, but Gosling received the first Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008. “Ryan and Emma’s luminous performances in La La Land remind us of the transformative and magical role of cinema,” a statement from SBIFF’s executive director Roger Durling read.
“We are so proud to celebrate them and this incredible film and its nod to the classic love stories of Old Hollywood with a contemporary twist.” Previous recipients of the Performer of the Year trophy include Jennifer Lawrence, Viola Davis, James Franco, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, and Heath Ledger.
“La La Land” is set for release next month and has already garnered amazing reviews and multiple film festival awards, including the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, while Stone picked up the Volpi Cup Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival in Italy for her role.
Stone and Gosling will join previously announced honourees Warren Beatty, Aaron Taylor Johnson, and Ruth Negga at the festival. Emma and Ryan have earlier worked in films including Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad.