Emily Blunt was named a last-minute recipient of a 2010 Chopin Virtuoso Award - after Gabourey Sidibe was unable to attend the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.
Sidibe was selected for her stand-out performance in Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, alongside Carey Mulligan (An Education), Saoirse Ronan (The Lucky Bones) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) to receive the prize, which recognises emerging actors in Hollywood.
But scheduling conflicts prevented the newcomer from attending the ceremony, so Young Victoria star Blunt joined the SBIFF Virtuosos winners line-up on Sunday (07Feb10), accepting a statuette and participating in a question and answer session with her fellow honourees.
Sidibe will accept her Virtuoso Award on Friday (12Feb10) during a special segment in the SBIFF Cinema Vanguard Awards, where The Lovely Bones star Stanley Tucci will be honoured.
Last year's (09) Virtuosos were Viola Davis, Rosemarie DeWitt, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Melissa Leo and Michael Shannon.