Ryan Gosling, known for his versatile acting skills, has been announced as the recipient of the 16th Annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. The award, presented by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, recognizes Gosling's impressive career in the film industry.
Gosling's showcase song in Barbie, titled "I'm Just Ken," was also recently nominated for a Grammy. This further proves that he is more than just a talented actor. The award ceremony will take place on January 13, 2024, at a black-tie dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara. The event aims to support the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's educational programs. Executive Director Roger Durling praised Gosling's performance in the film Barbie, stating that it showcased his talent as both a dramatic and comedic actor. Gosling has been nominated for Academy Awards twice for his work in Half Nelson and La La Land, for which he also won a Golden Globe. He has received numerous accolades throughout his career, including awards from prestigious critics' associations and film festivals.
Gosling's filmography includes acclaimed movies such as Blue Valentine, Drive, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Big Short, Blade Runner 2049, and many others. He will next be seen in The Fall Guy, directed by David Leitch and starring alongside Emily Blunt. The Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded annually since 2006 to individuals who have made lifelong contributions to cinema.
Past recipients include Michelle Yeoh, Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman, Dame Judi Dench, and Michael Douglas. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be held from February 7 to February 17, 2024. The festival will feature screenings, filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, and celebrity tributes at various venues throughout the city, including the historic Arlington Theatre.