The Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced Monday that Amy Adams, the thrice Oscar-nominated actress who is widely expected to score fourth nom, in the best supporting actress race, for her performance as the wife of a cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, will be presented with its Cinema Vanguard Award on Jan. 31, 2013 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre.
The fest's 28th edition run Jan. 24 to Feb 3.
"Adams is one of the gutsiest and most gifted actors working today. She embodies what the Cinema Vanguard Award is all about,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said in a statement, “and, after her performance in The Master, the time has come to recognize her talent and versatility."
Adams is best known for her performances in Phil Morrison's Junebug (2005), John Patrick Shanley's Doubt (2008), and David O. Russell's The Fighter (2010), all three of which brought her best supporting actress Oscar nominations, as well as her turns in two big-studio blockbusters, Kevin Lima's Enchanted (2007) and the late Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia (2009).
This year, in addition to her performance opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master -- for which the Los Angeles Film Critics Association recently chose her as the year's best supporting actress prize -- she also appeared opposite Clint Eastwood in Robert Lorenz's Trouble with the Curve and Viggo Mortensen in Walter Salles' On the Road.
The Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, which honors "an actor who has forged his/her own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film," has previously gone to Kristin Scott Thomas, Ryan Gosling, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz, Peter Sarsgaard, Nicole Kidman, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, among others.
SBIFF previously announced that it will honor Ben Affleck (Argo) with its Modern Master Award on Jan. 26 and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games) with its Outstanding Performer of the Year Award on Feb. 2.