Angela Bassett To Receive Montecito Award At 38th Santa Barbara International Film Festival

The Queen is getting crowned at the 2023 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Angela Bassett will be honored with the Montecito Award at the 38th annual Festival taking place in February and which has become a must stop for Oscar nominees. Bassett, who is hotly buzzed in the Best Supporting Actress race as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will receive the honor on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 at an in-person conversation about her career.

“Ms. Bassett has had an illustrious career as an actor, director and producer and in WAKANDA FOREVER reminds us why she’s so greatly revered.  She’s regal, fierce and commanding as Queen Ramonda.  We bow down.” SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling stated.

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Bassett is an actress, director, and executive producer known for performances full of dignity in films such as Malcolm X, Boyz ‘N The Hood, Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and of course, What’s Love Got To Do With It? for which she received an Academy Award nomination. She has since starred in the historic Black Panther, Mission: Impossible Fallout, Bumblebee from Paramount, as well as the television hits 9-1-1, and Master Of None. She has appeared in countless other movies and television films, and also is represented this season as narrator of the Critics Choice winning documentary Good Night Oppy.

The Montecito Award is named after the upscale neighborhood in Santa Barbara. Past recipients include Penélope Cruz, Amanda Seyfried, Lupita Nyong’o, Melissa McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts and Javier Bardem.

The Festival will take place February 8 – February 18, 2023. Official events including screenings, filmmaker Q&As, industry panels, and celebrity tributes, will be held throughout the city, including at the historic Arlington Theatre.

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