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Leonardo DiCaprio to Be Honored for His Influence on American Cinema

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie in 'Django Unchained'

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie in 'Django Unchained' - Photo Credit: Andrew Cooper, SMPSP / The Weinstein Company

The Santa Barbara Film Festival will be awarding Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio the America Riviera Award during this year’s festival. The Award, which will be presented to DiCaprio on February 1st, was “established to recognize an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema.”
 
“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” stated Executive Director Roger Durling. “His performance in Django Unchained reaffirms that he is the most relevant actor of this generation.”
 
Past winners of the award include Martin Scorsese (2012), Annette Bening (2011), Sandra Bullock (2010), Mickey Rourke (2009), Tommy Lee Jones (2008), Forrest Whitaker (2007), Philip Seymour Hoffman (2006), Kevin Bacon (2005) and Diane Lane (2004).
 
In addition to his work in front of the camera and as a producer, DiCaprio is active in environmental charities. He funded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation with an emphasis on environmental issues and is a member of the boards of the World Wildlife Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council and International Fund for Animal Welfare.
 
Source: Santa Barbara Film Festival

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