Published On: Mon, Jan 20th, 2014

David Russell Wins This Year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Director Award

Russell, whose film American Hustle is one of the hot favorites to pick up multiple Oscars this year will pick up his award at the end of the month at the SBIFF annual awards ceremony.

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Director David O. Russell (C), his son  Matthew Russell (R) and actress Jennifer Lawrence / Getty

Not too many people in the film industry were surprised when David O. Russell’s crime comedy movie American Hustle picked up no less than 10 nominations for this year’s Oscars, including strong candidates for each of the four leading acting categories, Christian Bale for best male actor in a leading role, Amy Adams for best female actor in a leading role, with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper looking strong favorites for the support actor’s Oscars.

Last year Russell picked up eight nominations for Silver Linings Playbook, a romantic comedy-drama film which he also wrote the screenplay for as well as directed.  Silver Linings Playbook, which also starred Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, saw them both pick up Oscar  nominations.

According to a statement issued by SBIFF, David has been chosen to be given this years award thanks to his abilities both as a writer as well as a director, and simply not being afraid to push the envelope in the cinematic world.” He has the eye for the picture he wants to present and then does so, with an expertise that is as bold as it is a joy to watch.” the statement summed up.

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David Owen Russell other screen efforts include Spanking the Monkey released in 1994, Flirting with Disaster  two years later, Three Kings released in 1999, and, after considerable gap,  The Fighter, a biographical sports drama film  once again featuring Christian Bale and  Amy Adams, this time in supporting roles, with Mark Wahlberg  playing the part of Micky Ward a boxer of Irish origin.

Russell it already booked up to handle the screenplay as well as direct Legacy of Secrecy, based on Lamar Waldron’s non-fiction bookof the same name, which once again touchs on the delicate subject of  President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.  Legacy of Secrecy will star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.

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