Director Quentin Tarantino to receive American Riviera Award at SBIFF
Santa Barbara, CA, United States (4E) – Film director Quentin Tarantino is this year’s recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s American Riviera Award.
Tarantino, who stepped in for Leonardo DiCaprio, will be honored in a ceremony on January 30 at the Arlington Theatre in California. His latest film, ‘Django Unchained,’ did not only do well in the box office but was also a critical success. The film has been nominated for five awards including Best Picture in the upcoming Academy Awards.
Executive Director Roger Durling said in a statement, “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’s favorite.” DiCaprio could not attend the said event due to scheduling conflicts.
The American Riviera Award is given to an artist who has created a significant influence on the American Cinema.
The ‘Reservoir Dogs’ director is the second non-acting individual to be given the award, next to Martin Scorsese, who was honored with the prize in 2012.
Previous recipients of the award are Annette Bening, Sandra Bullock, Mickey Rourke, Tommy Lee Jones, Forrest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Diane Lane.