Leonardo DiCaprio To Receive Santa Barbara Festival Honor

1/3/2013 5:14pm EST

Django Unchained

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is set to be honored for his contribution to cinema at the upcoming Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.

The Titanic star will attend a special ceremony on February 1st to receive the coveted American Riviera Award, which recognizes influential artists in Hollywood.

A statement from the event's Executive Director Roger Durling reads, "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."

"His performance in Django Unchained reaffirms that he is the most relevant actor of this generation."

DiCaprio follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Sandra Bullock, Annette Bening, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kevin Bacon and Mickey Rourke.

The festival runs from January 24th to February 3rd.

Photo Credits: PR Photos , The Weinstein Company Inc

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