"The Modern Master Award is about somebody who has shown versatility — someone who has worn more than just one hat," Roger Durling, the festival's executive director, said Tuesday. "He is definitely overqualified."
Clooney directed, co-wrote and co-stars in "Good Night, and Good Luck (search)." The movie, now in theaters, is based on the battle between TV journalist Edward R. Murrow (search) and Sen.Joseph McCarthy (search).
Clooney, 44, starred in the NBC medical drama "ER." His screen credits include roles in the remake of "Ocean's Eleven" and its sequel, "Ocean's Twelve," "Three Kings" and "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
He made his directorial debut in 2002 with "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."
The tribute to Clooney will be held Feb. 3 and will feature clips from his films and an onstage interview, Durling said.
The 21st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival begins Feb. 2 and will run 11 days.