Amanda Seyfried, the young actress who has earned career-best reviews — as well as Golden Globe and Critics Choice nominations — for her portrayal of Marion Davies in David Fincher‘s Mank, will be the recipient of the Montecito Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
The presentation will be made on Friday, April 9, and, like the rest of the fest, which will run from March 31-April 10, it will take place virtually.
“Amanda gives one of the best performances of 2020 in Mank, and makes us do a double take about her whole career,” SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said in a statement. “This is a defining moment for her, and a rediscovery for us.”
The Montecito Award is named after one of the most beautiful parts of Santa Barbara. Previous recipients of the honor include Lupita Nyong’o, Melissa McCarthy, Saoirse Ronan, Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon and Naomi Watts.