Ryan Gosling Set to Receive Excellence in Film Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival

Ryan Gosling is set to receive Santa Barbara Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film.

The actor — who has received awards buzz for his performance as Ken in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie — will be the 16th recipient of the prestigious award, which celebrates a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind or both.

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Ryan Gosling has long been both a dramatic and comedic force in front of the camera,” said festival executive director Roger Durling in a statement. “This year, thanks to his universally hailed, triumphant performance as Ken in Barbie — a film that truly demanded the attention of critics and moviegoers around the world — he has become a true cinematic powerhouse.”

The two-time Oscar nominee has been recognized for his work in Half Nelson and La La Land. Over the course of his decades-long career, Gosling’s taken home a Film Independent Spirit award, a National Board Review award and more. He has also received nominations from BAFTA and the Screen Actors Guild.

Previous recipients of the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film include Michelle Yeoh, Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris and John Travolta.

Gosling will receive the award during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s black-tie dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara on Jan. 13, 2024, while the festival itself will run from Feb. 7 to Feb. 17. The official lineup has yet to be announced but will feature screenings, filmmaker Q&As, industry panels and celebrity tributes.

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