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Santa Barbara Film Fest: David O. Russell To Receive Outstanding Director Award

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January 17, 2014 AT 4:01 PM
David O. Russell , the co-writer/director of American Hustle , will receive the Outstanding Director Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, it was announced Friday. A day earlier, Russell scored his second consecutive Oscar noms for best director and best original screenplay and became the first man in history to direct back-to-back films that landed Oscar noms in each of the four acting categories. He achieved the feat last year with Silver Lining's Playbook. The honor will be presented Jan. 31 at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre as part of the fest's 29th edition, which will run from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9.