SBIFF 2023 Honors Cate Blanchett for Outstanding Performer of the Year Award and Red Carpet

Cate Blanchett in Tar

Cate Blanchett in Tar

Cate Blanchett returns to Santa Barbara International Film Festival for the third time. This year, she was honored with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award—particularly for her performance in Tár.

The two-time Academy Award-winning actress is nominated for best actress again for Tár. The film festival did not hesitate to recognize her for her career and achievements over the years.

In the tribute ceremony, SBIFF executive director Roger Durling introduced the actress on stage, with the night’s moderator Scott Feinberg, executive director of awards at the Hollywood Reporter.

The two chatted in a packed theater about Blanchett’s career from theater to her film career’s wonderful memories and insights. The pair reminiscence on Blanchett’s past projects, including Elizabeth, Blue Jasmine, and Tár.

She shared many thoughts about her work, including collaborating with filmmakers like Anthony Minghella and Peter Jackson. She touched on her first role in the theater that started her acting life and even took a break from the screen to head up the Sydney Theater Company.

The night ended with Tár director Todd Field on stage to deliver the SBIFF’s Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Cate Blanchett.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta was on the red carpet before the tribute ceremony to converse with Cate Blanchett and many of the festival’s filmmakers.

Santa Barbara International Film Festival continues through February 18th with screenings, Q&As, industry panels, and celebrity tributes. Visit for more information.

Watch the exclusive interviews below. Let us know what you think of the interviews.

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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, SBIFF

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