The ceremony will take place at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre. The date is still to be determined during Sbiff's 35th edition, which will run from January 15-25, 2020, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
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"Ms. Zellweger has always displayed a deep commitment and discipline in her performances which has always made me root for her and admire her deeply," said festival director Roger Durling.
"In 'Judy', she adds a ferocity that solidifies her as one of the greatest actors of her time," Durling added.
Zellweger, 50, is regarded as one of the outstanding actresses of her generation, starting from Cameron Crowe's 1996 romantic "Jerry Maguire", which made her an overnight star at 26.
She continued the successful streak with 1998's "One True Thing", 2000's "Nurse Betty