Call it fortune-telling, instinct or luck, but Santa Barbara Film Festival director Roger Durling was obviously on target several weeks ago when he booked Golden Globe winners Mickey Rourke and Sally Hawkins, double-winner Kate Winslet and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle for tribute appearances. The fest runs from Thursday, 1.22 to Sunday, 2.1.

Retreating to the relative warmth of Santa Barbara after 9 days of Sundance — sub-freezing temps, snow, winds and all manner of dampness — is a very pleasant thing, I can tell you.