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Tarantino to be honored at film festival instead of DiCaprio


Quentin Tarantino has replaced Leonardo DiCaprio as this year's recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's (SBIFF) American Riviera Award on January 30.

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The actor has been forced to turn down the prize and pull out of the event due to scheduling commitments, so his "Django Unchained" director Tarantino will now be given the honor, which recognizes influential artists in Hollywood, Calif. Festival organizers confirmed on Wednesday that the filmmaker will be honored at the ceremony.

The festival's executive director Roger Durling told Variety, "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 American Riviera Award recognizes an artist who's had a strong influence on American cinema.

Jan 25, 2013 2:14AM
I hate Tarantino as a person.I believe he's a steaming pile of **** as a man.
Jan 24, 2013 11:29AM
If the award is for an artist who has had a strong influence on American cinema, why did they not give it to Tarantino in the first place?  Surely DiCaprio has not had anywhere near the influence on cinema as Tarantino has had, if he has had any influence on it at all.  The guy can't act his way out of a paper bag. 
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