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Amanda Seyfried in "Mank"
Amanda Seyfried in “Mank”

Amanda Seyfried will receive the Montecito Award at the 36th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival for her career and performance in David Fincher’s Mank from Netflix, for which she recently received Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice nominations.

“Amanda gives one of the best performances of 2020 in “Mank,” and makes us do a double take about her whole career. This is a defining moment for her, and a rediscovery for us.” comments SBIFF’s Executive Director Roger Durling.

The Montecito Award is named after one of the most beautiful and stylish areas in Santa Barbara. Past recipients 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.

The 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place March 31st through April 10th, 2021.

Amanda Seyfried is currently starring opposite Gary Oldman in David Fincher’s Mank. The film is a biographical drama about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his development of the screenplay for Citizen Kane. Seyfried has received glowing reviews for her role as Marion Davies, the actress and mistress of William Randolph Hearst who forges a deep friendship with Mankiewicz.

She will next star in Netflix’s Things Heard and Seen. Directed by Shari Springer and Robert Pulcini, the horror thriller is based off Elizabeth Brundage’s novel All Things Cease to Appear. She will also star in Amy Koppelman’s indie, A Mouthful of Air alongside Paul Giamatti and Amy Irving. Based on Koppelman’s novel of the same name, the film will follow Seyfried’s ‘Julie’ as she struggles with the darkness of post-partum depression.

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