Virtuosos Award Winners

Please Enjoy The Video Clips from the 2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) Virtusos Award Winner discussion moderated by Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) and took place on Saturday, February 4th.


The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year. The 2017 Virtuosos Award Winners are: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Simon Helberg, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Janelle Monáe, Ruth Negga, Dev Patel and Aaron Taylor Johnson.


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video shot by: YTS Digital Films for the Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival

  • Mahershala Ali Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks w/ Dave Karger About ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’ & Leaving ‘HOUSE OF CARDS’
    Mahershala Ali Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks w/ Dave Karger About ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’ & Leaving ‘HOUSE OF CARDS’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Naomie Harris Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Barry Jenkins & ‘MOONLIGHT’
    Naomie Harris Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Barry Jenkins & ‘MOONLIGHT’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson Speaks About His Three Dreams
    Stephen McKinley Henderson Speaks About His Three Dreams
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Mahershala Ali Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks Speaks w/ Dave Karger About HIDDEN FIGURES & the Future
    Mahershala Ali Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks Speaks w/ Dave Karger About HIDDEN FIGURES & the Future
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Dev Patel Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Making ‘LION’
    Dev Patel Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Making ‘LION’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Naomie Harris Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Preparing to Play Paula in ‘MOONLIGHT’
    Naomie Harris Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Preparing to Play Paula in ‘MOONLIGHT’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Ruth Negga Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About ‘LOVING’ Reviews & the Supreme Court
    Ruth Negga Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About ‘LOVING’ Reviews & the Supreme Court
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Janelle Monáe Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Teresa in ‘MOONLIGHT’
    Janelle Monáe Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Teresa in ‘MOONLIGHT’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Simon Helberg Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Meryl Streep & ‘BIG BANG THEORY’
    Simon Helberg Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Meryl Streep & ‘BIG BANG THEORY’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Aaron Taylor Johnson Speaks About The Mental Challenges to Play Ray
    Aaron Taylor Johnson Speaks About The Mental Challenges to Play Ray
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Dev Patel Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Playing Saroo Lion
    Dev Patel Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Playing Saroo Lion
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Aaron Taylor Johnson Speaks About Winning A Golden Globe
    Aaron Taylor Johnson Speaks About Winning A Golden Globe
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Ruth Negga Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Making ‘LOVING’
    Ruth Negga Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Making ‘LOVING’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson Speaks About Making ‘FENCES’
    Stephen McKinley Henderson Speaks About Making ‘FENCES’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Mahershala Ali Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks Speaks w/ Dave Karger About ‘MOONLIGHT’ & Swimming Scene
    Mahershala Ali Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks Speaks w/ Dave Karger About ‘MOONLIGHT’ & Swimming Scene
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Naomie Harris Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Paula in ‘MOONLIGHT’
    Naomie Harris Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Paula in ‘MOONLIGHT’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Simon Helberg Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Playing Piano
    Simon Helberg Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About Playing Piano
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Stephen McKinley Henderson Speaks About August Wilson
    Stephen McKinley Henderson Speaks About August Wilson
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Janelle Monáe Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’
    Janelle Monáe Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Aaron Taylor Johnson Speaks About Developing ‘NOCTURNAL ANIMALS’
    Aaron Taylor Johnson Speaks About Developing ‘NOCTURNAL ANIMALS’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Janelle Monáe Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About ‘MOONLIGHT’
    Janelle Monáe Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About ‘MOONLIGHT’
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Simon Helberg Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About ‘FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS’ & Meryl Streep
    Simon Helberg Virtuosos Award Winner Speaks About ‘FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS’ & Meryl Streep
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.
  • Ruth Negga Speaks w/ Dave Karger About ‘LOVING’ & Nichols Edgerton
    Ruth Negga Speaks w/ Dave Karger About ‘LOVING’ & Nichols Edgerton
    On Sat February 4th Dave Karger (‘Today Show’, ‘Access Hollywood’, ‘TCM’) sat down with each of the honourees of the Virtuosos Award for a candid conversation. The Virtuosos Award was created to recognize a select group of talent who’ve distinguished themselves through breakthrough performances in film that past year.