Quentin Tarantino has replaced LEONARDO DiCaprio as this year's (13) recipient of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's (Sbiff) coveted American Riviera Award.

The Titanic star has been forced to turn down the prize and pull out of the event due to scheduling commitments, so his Django Unchained director Tarantino will now be given the the honour, which recognises influential artists in Hollywood.

Festival organisers confirmed on Wednesday (23Jan13) that the filmmaker will be feted at a glitzy ceremony in California on Wednesday (30Jan13).

The festival's executive director Roger Durling says, "We were obviously saddened by DiCaprio's conflict, but blown away at the chance to honour Tarantino, one of the most stylistically daring directors who is an Sbiff favourite. 
The American Riviera Award recognises an artist who has had a strong influence on American Cinema."