Penelope Cruz will receive the 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival's (SBIFF) Outstanding Performer Of The Year Award on January 31, 2009.

Cruz is currently filming Nine for the Weinsteins and starred this year in Woody Allen's comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the Philip Roth adaptation Elegy.

She was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for her lead role in Volver, part of a long collaboration with Pedro Almodovar that has included All About My Mother, Live Flesh and the upcoming Broken Embraces. Her credits include Jamon, Jamon, Open Your Eyes, All The Pretty Horses, Blow and Gothika.

'There are few actresses who can today be described as international movie goddesses,' SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said. The SBIFF is scheduled to run from January 22-February 1, 2009.