The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Quentin Tarantino will receive the Santa Barbara Film Festival's American Riviera Award, which honors "an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema." Tarantino surely meets the criteria. His eighth film, Django Unchained, won two Golden Globes (Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting actor for Christoph Waltz) and is up for four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor for Waltz).
The festival initially intended to honor Leonardo DiCaprio, who played Calvin Candie in Django, but the actor was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Executive director Roger Durling announced the change saying, "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 Santa Barbara International Film Festival begins today and runs through February 3rd. Tarantino will receive the award on Wednesday, January 30th in a special event at the Arlington Theater. You can order tickets here.
The Tarantino XX: 8-Film Collection, which celebrates Tarantino's 20 years of filmmaking, is in stores now. Pick up yours today.