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Geoffrey Rush accepts the Montecito Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Published by | Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Geoffrey Rush visited with us last night straight from leaving a stage production in Australia to appear in Santa Barbara, California at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. He received the Montecito Award at a tribute to his body of work at the festival. Indeed his body of work is outright impressive.

Geoffery Rush

Geoffery Rush at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Geoffrey Rush being interviewed.

Geoffrey Rush being interviewed.

Later in the evening, Colin Firth, who co-stared with Geoffrey Rush in The Kings Speech came to personally award Geoffrey the Montecito Award.

Colin Firth at the podium.

Colin Firth at the podium.

Geoffrey Rush receives his award.

Geoffrey Rush receives his award.

Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush wait to receive the Ensemble award.

Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush wait to receive the Ensemble Award.

Helena Bonham Carter accepts the Ensemble Award. She also appeared in The Kings Speech.

Helena Bonham Carter accepts the Ensemble Award. She also appeared in The Kings Speech.

Geoffrey cut things so close that when he left the stage, his transportation whisked him off to the airport to get back on a plane to make the play in Australia the following day. I admire him for his generosity in sharing this time with us.

Christopher Nolan receives the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Published by | Monday, January 31st, 2011
The marquee at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The marquee at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival highlighting the Modern Master Award ceremony sponsored by lynda.com.

On Sunday, lynda.com was the presenting sponsor of the Modern Master Award to Christopher Nolan at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in honor of his body of work. Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in Christopher’s latest film Inception, presented the award. Christopher talked, among other things, about his upcoming Batman and Superman film projects (both films will be release in 2012). We couldn’t be more proud to get behind such a remarkable event.

As Lynda mentioned in her earlier post, we will also be hosting recordings of the director’s, producer’s, women’s, and writer’s panel discussions online at lynda.com, too, like we did last year. What’s so remarkable about these panels is that we get to see how films are made from a variety of perspectives from some of the best in the business.

Here are just a few photos from the Modern Master Award event:

Christopher Nolan being interviewed at the Modern Master Award event.

Christopher Nolan being interviewed at the Modern Master Award event.

Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.

Leonardo DeCaprio talks about working with Christopher Nolan.

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DeCaprio with the Modern Masters Award.

Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.

Lynda Weinman, Christopher Nolan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Bruce Heavin.