The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival is very excited to announce their 20th Anniversary King Vidor Award recipient: Academy Award®-winning actor, Jeff Bridges! Former King Vidor Award recipient, James Cromwell will present the award, followed by a conversation with Jeff Bridges, and a screening of one of his films (title TBA.)
One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award® nominee, Bridges’ performance in “Crazy Heart”—as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer —deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The performance also earned him the Golden Globe, SAG Award and the IFP/Spirit Award for Lead Actor.
He earned his first Oscar® nod in 1971 for Best Supporting Actor in Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Last Picture Show,” co-starring Cybill Shepherd and Timothy Bottoms. Three years later, he received his second Best Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Michael Cimino’s “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.” By 1984 he landed top kudos with a Best Actor nomination for “Starman”; that performance also earned him a Golden Globe nomination. In 2001, he was honored with another Golden Globe nomination and his fourth Oscar® nomination for his role in “The Contender,” Rod Lurie’s political thriller, co-starring Gary Oldman and Joan Allen, in which Bridges played the President of the United States.
In December 2010 his reunion with the Coen Brothers in the critically acclaimed western “True Grit” landed him his sixth Oscar® nomination. His list of credits is long and impressive! He recently wrapped production on “The Giver” opposite Meryl Streep, based on the children’s novel by Lois Lowry. The film has been a passion project for more than a decade and he is serving as a producer.
In his “spare time”, Bridges plays with his band The Abiders and has played in San Luis Obispo several times in the past couple of years to enthusiastic audiences at SLO Brewing Co. and the Fremont Theatre. He is also a very talented photographer, artist and an inspiring humanitarian. He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. A portion of the proceeds of this event will be donated to this charity in his honor.
KING VIDOR AWARD RECEPTION
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Rub elbows with the 2014 King Vidor honoree and special guests, and SLOIFF filmmakers while enjoying fine wines and great food in the cozy setting of the SLO Masonic Lodge. Magician Rich Ferguson will be working the room while a SLO Jazz Festival duo entertains.
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