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Geoffrey Rush wins Santa Barbara film festival honor

December 6, 2010 | 11:59 am


Fresh off his win at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday,  Geoffrey Rush has been named the recipient of the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, it was announced Monday.

The Oscar-winning Australian actor will receive the honor, given to a performer for numerous "classic and standout" performances, during the 26th edition of the festival, which runs Jan. 27-Feb. 6. The tribute will take place Jan. 31 at the Arlington Theatre. Previous recipients of the Montecito Award have been Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Naomi Watts and Annette Bening.

-- Susan King

Photo: Geoffrey Rush at the AFI festival in November. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press