Driving up to Santa Barbara was kind of exciting, and then we hit State Street and took a little walk and had a yogurt. We changed into evening wear in the bathrooms of the Hotel Santa Barbara and drove up to the Bacara Resort, and it was cool being there with all the swells. The Silver Linings trio — Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, director-writer David O. Russell — did the red carpet, and then gave nice speeches during the ceremony. The guy with the most soul, humor and pizazz? Kirk Douglas, who tomorrow celebrates his 96th birthday.

Grace Hightower, Robert DeNiro doing carpet at the SBIFF tribute at Goleta’s Bacara Resort — Saturday, 12.8, 7:55 pm.

Bradley Cooper.

Silver Linings Playbook director-writer David O. Russell.

Saturday, 12.8, 7:53 pm.