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Leonardo DiCaprio set for film festival honor


Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is set to be honored for his contribution to cinema at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.

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The "Titanic" star will attend a special ceremony on February 1 to receive the coveted American Riviera Award, which recognizes influential artists in Hollywood. A statement from the event's executive director Roger Durling, reads, "We are thrilled to be honoring Leonardo DiCaprio with the American Riviera Award, in a year where he has shown us another layer of his immeasurable talent. His performance in 'Django Unchained' reaffirms that he is the most relevant actor of this generation."

DiCaprio follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Sandra Bullock, Annette Bening, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Mickey Rourke. The festival runs from January 24 to February 3.

Jan 3, 2013 9:19AM
More narcassistic awards for the 'look at me' thespians.  puke.
Jan 3, 2013 9:09AM
This dudes movie suck.  Knew he was gonna be a terrible choice to play Hoover and I was right. If it weren't for Titanic he would'nt be talked about today! Really don't see the big deal about this dude. his acting is DOO DOO!!!
Jan 3, 2013 8:14AM
hey folks.  He's a great actor, but a creep as a human being.  Touts "green" living, but spent New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia, and then flew on a private jet with friends to Las Vegas to celebrate. The carbon footprint is enormous.  He demands the rest of the world live "green', but does exactly what he wants.  Must be a disciple of Big Daddy Al Gore.
Jan 3, 2013 7:52AM
Congrats to him! Love him :)  After 3 nominations, here's hoping the Academy will finally acknowledge his talent with an Oscar as well.
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