“This is really incredible,” actor Greg Kinnear said as he was presented the King Vidor Career Achievement Award on Saturday 12th March 2011 at San Luis Obispo’s International Film Festival’s award ceremony in California, USA.
“I don’t have a real award already,” Kinnear mused as he held the trophy. “A lot of certificates but nothing that isn’t flammable.”
Presenting the award was Jill Sprecher, who directed and co-wrote,The Convincer, which stars Kinnear and Alan Arkin (last year’s recipient of the King Vidor Award). She praised the award winner’s modesty:
“Like Alan, Greg Kinnear is what I consider a study in contradictions. He’s a movie star without a movie star’s ego. I think that’s where his brilliance lies.”
A popular actor with that “everyman” Tom Hanks quality, Kinnear received the award based on his exceptional performances ranging from his film debut as David Larrabee in the Sydney Pollack’s remake of Sabrina to his dramatic performance as Jack Nicholson’s gay neighbour in As Good as It Gets.
When asked by an audience member, who he would like to work with next, Kinnear immediately replied, “Martin Scorsese, for obvious reasons, and William Hurt, just because I’ve always liked him.”
Often referred to as the “Happiest Film Festival in America” the 17th annual SLO Film Festival was chock full of excellent full-length feature films, documentaries and independent shorts, with a generous sprinkling of world premiers.
Other major 2011 award winners were:
- Best Documentary Feature and the audience-selected, Best of the Fest award – City LAX: An Urban Lacrosse Story – Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite
- Best Narrative Feature – A Beginners Guide to Endings – Director Jonathan Sobol
- Best Narrative Short Film – The Interview – Director Michele Steffes
- Best Documentary Short Film – Bye Bye Now – Director Ross Whitaker
- Best Student Film – Kavi – Director Gregg Helvey