Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling to receive Performers of the Year award

The tribute will take place at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theater.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be presented with the 2017 Outstanding Performers of the Year award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

 The duo will receive this honor for their remarkable performances in Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.”  This marks the first time Stone has been honored by the festival and will be a return for Gosling who was the inaugural recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008.Ryan Gosling

The tribute will take place at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theater on Friday, February 3, 2017 during the 32nd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival which runs from Wednesday, February 1 through Saturday, February 11.

Gosling and Stone will join a recognized group of previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients, including Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan, Steve Carell, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence and Viola Davis.

Written and directed by Academy Award  nominee Damien Chazelle, “La La Land,” set in modern day Los Angeles, tells the story of Mia (Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

In 2007, Gosling received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in “Half Nelson” as ‘Dan’, a drug-addicted inner city junior high school teacher. He starred alongside Steve Carell and Julianne Moore in the marital crisis comedy “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Drive,” an action film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, and George Clooney’s “The Ides of March.”

Emma Stone

Academy Award nominated actress, Emma Stone appeared in Fox Searchlight’s  film “Birdman” which won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild. She recently wrapped production on “Battle of the Sexes” and her additional film credits include the superhero franchise “The Amazing Spiderman,” in which she starred in the first two films. When she’s not filming, she is an advocate for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is a non-profit arts and educational organization dedicated to discovering and showcasing the best in independent and international cinema. Over the past 30 years, SBIFF has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11 days of 200+ films, tributes and symposiums, fulfilling their mission to engage, enrich, and inspire the Santa Barbara community through film.

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