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Scott Richardson

Naomi Watts received the 21st Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Montecito Award Saturday night at the Marjorie Luke Theatre from her friend, the director of “21 Grams,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Watts was a Best Actress nominee for her work on that film. Earlier in her career she was in a 1991 film called “Flirting” with fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Thandie Newton. She also starred in “Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering” and “Tank Girl.” Watts said during a red carpet interview that she loved Santa Barbara and was excited about coming to visit. Her father, Peter Watts, was a sound engineer for Pink Floyd until 1974. Now, when her cell phone rings, it plays Pink Floyd’s “Money.”