This year's Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival brought us a star-packed evening of actors on the cusp of greatness. I was looking forward to photographing the beautiful, Elizabeth Banks. Too bad she's already married ;)

Banks shared the position of award honoree with Alicia Vikander, Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Hungarian actor Geza Rohrig, and child actor Jacob Tremblay.

See the photos and check out Jenny Schlax's review on thearlingtontheatre.com.

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True to form, Steve Carell kept my smile wide throughout his interview. A few times, I was laughing too hard to take photos as I tried to steadily balance my 400mm lens on my monopod. This year's award honored him for a much more serious role, however, than he's typically known for. Foxcatcher was, indeed, a serious movie.

In any case, you should check out the gallery of images and the article written by Sabrina McCarly on thearlingtontheatre.com, and see Jennifer Gardiner present him with the award.

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Of the many amazing events each year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Virtosos Award is usually one of my favorites. In one evening, I get to photography five to seven different stars, followed by a short interview of each. Further adding to the fun, in recent years the film festival has added a group discussion at the close of the event, whereby all the virtuosos do a short roundtable, usually trying to out wit each other.

In addition to David Oyelowo (Selma), this year's other honoree's included Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child). See the entire photo gallery and read the article by Jennifer Strube on thearlingtontheatre.com.

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Aziz Ansari performed to a giant crowd of millenials at the Arlington Theatre, providing plenty of great laughs.

Shooting conditions were pretty good. The lighting was rather dark, but both performers were nicely animated. See photos of Aziz and cohort, Joe Mande on thearlingtontheatre.com.

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Shooting conditions were excellent on Saturday night as legendary actor, Bruce Dern strolled down the red carpet, preceded by the lovely Diane Lane, who presented him with the coveted, Modern Master Award after the interview.

See the photos and read the review on thearlingtontheatre.com

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