The Santa Barbara International Film Festival lost one of its main honorees at the last minute, but has come up with a big name replacement.
The festival was set to honor actress Emma Thompson with its Modern Master Award, but she cancelled because of a conflict with a play in London which features her.
Bruce Dern is now going to receive the Modern Master Award February 8th. He’s receiving some of the best reviews in his career for the movie “Nebraska,” in which he stars as a small town man who’s convinced he’s won a contest, and goes on a road trip with his son to claim his cash prize.
The Academy Award nominated actor’s career spans more than half a century.
The festival opens tomorrow night.