Tarantino Replacing DiCaprio for Film Fest Award

Event Date Changes; Refunds Available

Thursday, January 24, 2013
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Because of scheduling issues, Leonardo DiCaprio can’t attend the February 1 ceremony where he was supposed to receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s American Riviera Award for his impact on U.S. cinema.

So, instead, Quentin Tarantino will pick up the award on Wednesday, January 30, for his influence on American movies. Tarantino’s latest film, Django Unchained, in which DiCaprio stars, has scored big at the box office and been lauded by critics. It’s nominated for five Academy Awards.

The SBIFF will give full refunds to whoever bought DiCaprio tickets, or they can be used for the Tarantino event. For a refund, visit the Film Festival Box Office at the Arlington Theatre. For more information, visit


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Maybe Spike Lee will present.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2013 at 11:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How do you give an award then take it away? Does DiCaprio's schedule somehow make him less worthy today than he was last week? Who's running the fest anyways?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Perhaps the American Riviera is given for best performance by a big name when actually showing up live to generate reportable hype for an award ceremony? Was Tarantino the understudy all along?

anemonefish (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2013 at 12:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Obviously the award was revoked in light of DiCaprio's failure to get an Academy Award nomination. The SBIFF awards are specifically designed to spotlight the upcoming Oscar nominees. Everyone thought DiCaprio would get a nomination for supporting actor for Django Unchained. Instead, Tarantino was nominated for original screenplay for Django.

Nockamixon (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2013 at 1:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Seems to point to the increasingly superficial, celebrity name-driven nature of the SBIFF. Have to admit, I liked it when it was smaller and "local." Have seen it referred to as the "Film Fiesta" more than once in recent years.

zappa (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2013 at 1:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

what's also interesting here is the timing: Django is Tarantino's worst film in years! The unbelievably tedious and overdone killing scenes that consumed most of the last part of this film destroyed most of what the film had set up. Bring back DiCaprio for supporting actor, sure, but Django is far below Tarantino's usual standard.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 24, 2013 at 5:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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