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The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival will fete Cate Blanchett with the 2014 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, Sbiff’s executive director Roger Durling announced today.

The fest, which runs Jan. 30-Feb. 9, will pay tribute to her work as protagonist Jasmine French in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” which has gained Oscar buzz since its July release.

“In her first collaboration with master director Woody Allen, Blanchett knocks it out of the park in the best performance of her already illustrious career,” said Durling.

Blanchett’s past work includes the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Elizabeth,” “Babel,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Notes on a Scandal.” She won an Oscar in 2005 for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator,” and was nominated for both supporting and leading actress in 2008.

The thesp will appear in George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” next year. »

- Alex Stedman

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