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Gary Oldman to Receive Modern Master Award from Santa Barbara Film Festival

The ”Darkest Hour“ actor will be given the award in a ceremony on February 2

Gary Oldman will receive the Maltin Modern Master Award at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, SBIFF organizers announced on Wednesday.

Oldman will be presented with the award, the highest honor among the several different prizes presented to awards contenders during that annual festival, on Friday, February 2, at the Arlington Theatre.

The veteran actor has been performing since 1979, but has only been nominated for a single Academy Award, for 2011’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.” His other films have included “Sid and Nancy,” Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” “Immortal Beloved,” “Prick Up Your Ears,” “JFK,” “True Romance” and “The Contender.”

This year, he is an Oscar favorite for his performance as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” which follows the British statesman in the early days of World War II.

Past winners of the Maltin Modern Master Award include Denzel Washington, Michael Keaton, Christopher Plummer, Clint Eastwood, Cate Blanchett and George Clooney.

The 33rd Santa Barbara International Film Festival will run from January 31 through February 10 in the coastal town north of Los Angeles.