By Bonnie Carroll
The 2019 Kirk Douglas Awards dinner was a unique entertainment night to remember at the Ritz Carlton Bacara Hotel in Santa Barbara as Martin Scorsese walked the red carpet with presenters Leonardo DiCaprio and Al Pacino. The 35th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) honored Scorsese's “The Irishman” with the 14th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film benefiting SBIFF’s free year-round educational programs.
Leo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino (Photo: Getty)
Scorcese generously spent time on the red carpet answering questions from the press and posing for photos on the red carpet as did Al Pacino, who is starring in “The Irishman” along with Robert DeNiro as Frank Sheeran, Joe Pesci as Russell Bufalino, Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, Anna Paquin as Peggy Sheeran, and Ray Romano as Jimmy Hoffa's lawyer. I saw the film at SBIFF Rivera Theatre this week and it is a masterpiece in directing and acting – a film not to miss. Pacino's performance as Jimmy Hoffa is stunnig and Ray Roman as Hoffa's lawyer was fantastic!
Martin Scorsese, and Al Pacino (Photo:Bonnie Carroll LBN)
Since 2006, the annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film has been awarded to a lifelong contributor to cinema through their work in front of the camera, behind, or both. Past honorees include Hugh Jackman, Judi Dench, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Jessica Lange, Forest Whitaker, Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, and John Travolta.
Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas on the red carpet (Photo: Bonnie Carroll LB)
Funding from the Gala supports the many educational and community programs hosted by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival such as Mike’s Field Trip to the Movies, the 10-10-10 Mentorship program and competitions, the Film Studios Program, Apple Box Family Films and the festivals new initiative to be launched this summer, Film Camp.
SBIFF President Lynda Weinman (Photo: Bonnie Carroll LBN)
Belvedere Vodka sponsored the 14th Annual Kirk Douglas Awards for Excellence in film. Guests raised their Belvedere cocktail glasses in a toast to Martin Scorcese. Each year Belvedere Vodka designes signature cocktails for this celebration and this year they included a Belvedere Collins and Belvedere Eastern Standard that were as divine. Visit LBN SIPS Section in December for full story on Belvedere Cocktails with recipes for home enjoyment.
Beautiful Belvedere Vodka Cocktails
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from Wednesday, January 15th through Saturday, January 25th. For information visit www.sbiff.org.