Monday Movie Report: Mortensen, Jackman and Close earn fest honors

Viggo Mortensen, whose latest work in the new movie “Green Book” is getting noticed this award season, will be honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Taking place from Jan. 30-Feb. 9, the fest will give its American Riviera award to Mortensen. The festival’s website states that the award is given for outstanding achievement in American Film.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, festival Director Roger Durling called Mortensen “one of the steadiest acting forces in cinema and one of its greatest chameleons.”

In his career, Mortensen has earned three Golden Globe nominations and two Academy Award nominations. In addition to his accolades, Mortensen became a fan favorite for his work in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

For his latest role, Mortensen plays a bouncer who ends up taking a job as a driver for an African American pianist during the 1960s. In the film, he co-stars with Mahershala Ali.

Already released in major coastal markets, “Green Book” will get released to more theaters this coming weekend.

THR reports that previous winners of the award include Sam Rockwell for his work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” last year and Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water” in 2016. The award hasn’t been limited to actors, for example, director Quentin Tarantino won the award for “Django Unchained” in 2013.

The festival will also give its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film to Oscar nominee Hugh Jackman, according to THR. The honor is awarded to lifelong contributors to cinema.

Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close, star of this year’s film “The Wife,” will also be honored during the fest with the Maltin Modern Master Award. That honor is the highest given by the festival and is presented to those who’ve enriched culture through accomplishments in the film industry, its website states.


At the weekend box office, it was the new “Harry Potter” spin-off taking No. 1 by a huge margin. The film earned more than $62 million, well in front of “The Grinch,” which finished second with $38 million.

The full top five this weekend was:
1. Crimes of Grindelwald – $62,200,000
2. The Grinch – $38,165,000
3. Bohemian Rhapsody – $15,700,000
4. Instant Family – $14,700,000
5. Widows – $12,300,000

For this upcoming weekend, releases include the animated sequel “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” the boxing sequel “Creed II” (or Rocky VIII), and the new adaptation of “Robin Hood.”

For the small screen, new releases are:

  • Crazy Rich Asians, my rating: 3.75 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 4.27 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%.
  • Dog Days, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 59%.
  • Kin, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.5 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 30%.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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