Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Acting comes with a lot of responsibility’

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaim…

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.

Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaimed films, such as Jordan Peele’s horror Us and Marvel’s Black Panther.

Lupita reflected on her six-year career as she accepted the Montecito Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Monday, telling the audience that she feels honoured to have been offered the opportunities she has.

“It still feels early for me to be reflecting on a body of work, but I feel blessed to have had the diversity of experience I have had so far,” she gushed, according to local news website Noozhawk.com. “It’s something I have always wanted.

“As an actor, real freedom is having that choice, and it’s hard to get there because acting is reliant on many other things. Acting is a privileged thing. It’s luxurious to play all day, and have people look up at you… It’s a luxurious thing, and also a thing that comes with a lot of responsibility.”

The Little Monsters star previously explained to British Vogue magazine that she is seduced by projects which might have a cultural impact.

“I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project,” Lupita explained. “What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.

“I speak up for the things I can personally vouch for. There’s a lot going on in this world, a lot of causes that are noble. But I feel most useful when I have a personal connection. And the conviction to say something.”

Lupita can next be seen starring opposite Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger in spy thriller 355 and leading the TV adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

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Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson to share top honour at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson will be honoured with a top acting honour at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).The pair stars as a couple going through a gruelling and heartbreaking divorce in Noah Baumbach’s family drama Ma…

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson will be honoured with a top acting honour at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).

The pair stars as a couple going through a gruelling and heartbreaking divorce in Noah Baumbach’s family drama Marriage Story, which has garnered rave reviews from critics since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in August.

Now, Driver and Johansson are being honoured with the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, which was created to recognise “select individuals who have distinguished themselves with exceptional performances in film this past year,” and will be presented with their joint prize in a ceremony on 17 January.

SBIFF executive director Roger Durling heaped praise on Driver and Johansson in a statement announcing the award on Monday and recognised their ability to switch between their huge Star Wars and Avengers movies to smaller budget films.

“Scarlett and Adam have had such admirable arcs to their careers, making smart choices between independent films and big Hollywood franchises,” he shared. “They both are such lyrical performers, imbuing their acting with keen sensitivity and intellect. Together in Baumbach’s Marriage Story, they regaled us with their best work to date.”

Previous Outstanding Performer of the Year Award recipients include Rami Malek – who then went on to win an Oscar for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody – Steve Carell, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, and the late Heath Ledger.

Marriage Story will be released in select cinemas and on Netflix from 6 December.

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Renee Zellweger to be honoured with prestigious American Riviera Award

Renee Zellweger has been named the recipient of this year’s American Riviera Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.The Judy star will collect the accolade at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California during the 35th edition …

Renee Zellweger has been named the recipient of this year’s American Riviera Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The Judy star will collect the accolade at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California during the 35th edition of the event in January.

Announcing the award on Tuesday, the festival’s executive director, Roger Durling, said, “Ms. Zellweger has always displayed a deep commitment and discipline in her performances which has always made me root for her and admire her deeply. In Judy, she adds a ferocity that solidifies her as one of the greatest actors of her time.”

Renee’s role as Judy Garland in the new biopic has also scored her Oscars buzz, with many critics insisting she’s the one to beat for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The American Riviera Award is given to actors and filmmakers, who have made “a significant contribution to American cinema”.

Past recipients include Jeff Bridges, Michael Keaton, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and Sandra Bullock.

Next year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival will begin on 15 January.

The 50-year-old has been poised as an awards season favourite ever since the film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and earned an emphatic standing ovation.

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Lil Wayne is the face of UGG x BAPE collaboration

Lil Wayne has been tapped to front the new UGG x BAPE collection.Australian brand UGG, famous for its sheepskin-lined boots, has teamed with Tokyo-based streetwear brand BAPE on a line made up of five new footwear styles, including a pair of slippers, …

Lil Wayne has been tapped to front the new UGG x BAPE collection.

Australian brand UGG, famous for its sheepskin-lined boots, has teamed with Tokyo-based streetwear brand BAPE on a line made up of five new footwear styles, including a pair of slippers, plus a shearling leather coat and a pair of mittens.

The collection was unveiled in December, with Lil Wayne’s imagery dropping on Wednesday (06Feb19).

“Been rocking UGG and BAPE since the beginning,” Lil Wayne said in a press release. “This collab is next level.”

The items are slated to hit shelves at the end of February. Prices range from $3,500 (£2,700) for the camo print coat, to $180 (£139) for the mittens, embossed with BAPE across the front.

“Partnering with an iconic streetwear brand like BAPE allowed us to show UGG Men’s in a fresh new way and environment. BAPE took its world-renowned print and applied it to several of our top-performing men’s silhouettes, creating a street style-ready capsule,” Andrea O’Donnell, president of fashion lifestyle at Deckers Brands, UGG’s parent company, said.

The collaboration is one of the ways BAPE is marking its 25th anniversary.

As well as the new partnership, UGG bosses have also been busy in Hollywood with the Virtuosos Awards, which it presented on Tuesday during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Yalitza Aparicio (Roma), Sam Elliott (A Star is Born), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Claire Foy (First Man), Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave No Trace), John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) and Steven Yeun (Burning) were all honoured at the annual prizegiving.

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Rami Malek to receive performer of the year prize at Santa Barbara Film Festival

Rami Malek is set to receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Bohemian Rhapsody actor has been selected for the honour for his acclaimed portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mer…

Rami Malek is set to receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The Bohemian Rhapsody actor has been selected for the honour for his acclaimed portrayal of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the music biopic.

“Rami Malek’s portrayal as Freddie Mercury is humble and full of humanity,” the festival’s executive director Roger Durling in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “No one could have expressed the joy Freddie felt when performing nor the complex reality he lived offstage better than Rami.”

The former Mr. Robot star will collect the honour on Friday (01Feb19) from the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara, California.

The award is the latest Rami has picked up this season, after winning the Golden Globe for Best Performance by a Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama in January and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role on Sunday.

He is also nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award for his performance, but he faces stiff competition from Christian Bale for Vice. They both won Golden Globes, then Christian won the Critics’ Choice prize before Rami won the SAG accolade.

However, the festival honour could help Rami’s odds of landing the Oscar as the recipient of the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award has gone on to win an Academy Award in the past three years, with Allison Janney taking home Best Supporting Actress for I, Tonya, Emma Stone winning Best Actress for La La Land, and Brie Larson winning the same prize for Room in 2016.

During the ceremony on Friday, The Wife’s Glenn Close will be presented with the Maltin Modern Master Award, the festival’s highest honour, Green Book’s Viggo Mortensen with the American Riviera Award; Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) with the Montecito Award, and Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) with the Cinema Vanguard Award.

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