Naomi and George, together in Santa Barbara

Naomi Watts

For all you die-hard Naomi Watts fans who are, like, totally bummed she didn't get an Oscar nod for her touching role in "King Kong," do not despair.

There's still a chance to see the new millennium's Ann Darrow in the flesh.

Watts will appear Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Marjorie Luke Theatre in Santa Barbara for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's special evening to honor the Aussie actress with its Montecito Award.

The event ($55 a ticket) will feature a live onstage interview with the Watts, conducted, or so the SBIFF folks threaten, by "an acclaimed film personality."

There will also be a film montage of her work: "Mulholland Drive," "The Ring," "21 Grams," "I Heart Huckabees," and of course, the mighty "Kong."

But if you're thinking of going, might as well spend the whole weekend up there. The night before, SBIFF will laud Oscar nominee George Clooney as the fest's 2006 Modern Master for his Hollywood achievements as an actor-writer-director-producer-jokester-all-around hunk.

His event ($65 a seat) takes place at the Arlington Theatre, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. For ticket info on both events, go to the SBIFF website.

Clooney's already been one of People's Sexiest Men. But someone should give him the nice guy award.

"George is amazing, he's always nice to everyone," marveled a People scribe at the Directors Guild Awards. "He respects everyone around him, including photographers and reporters on the red carpets. He's always funny and self-deprecating and gives you what you need, even before you ask for it. And he never makes you feel stupid or less-than. He knows he's doing a job and you're doing a job and why not have fun while you both do it."

Photo: Naomi Watts at the Tokyo "King Kong" premiere will be honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this weekend.
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