Quentin Tarantino will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival‘s American Riviera Award on January 30th at the Arlington Theatre. Leonardo DiCaprio was to have received the award at the previously announced event on February 1 but could not attend because of scheduling conflicts. “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,” Executive Director Roger Durling said in a statement. Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The American Riviera Award recognizes artists who have had a strong influence on American cinema. Past recipients include Martin Scorsese, Sandra Bullock and Mickey Rourke. The festival runs through February 3rd.
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