Santa Barbara Film Festival To Honor Quentin Tarantino

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The "Django Unchained" director will receive the American Riviera Award, which was originally to have gone to Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is making a last-minute change of honoree: Leonardo DiCaprio is out, but Quentin Tarantino is in.

The festival announced Wednesday that DiCaprio, who was to have received its American Riviera Award, could not attend because of a scheduling conflict. Instead, Tarantino, who directed DiCaprio in the current Django Unchained, has stepped in and will be feted with the honor on Jan. 30.

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“We were obviously saddened by DiCaprio's conflict, but blown away at the chance to honor Tarantino, one of the most stylistically daring directors, who is an SBIFF favorite," the festival’s executive director Roger Durling said.
The American Riviera Award recognizes “an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema.”

Django has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture and best original screenplay.