Date: 2nd February 2005

Leonardo honoured at festival

Leonardo DiCaprio has received a lifetime achievement award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

He was presented with the award by Martin Scorsese, who directed him in The Aviator reports BBC online.

"It's a lifetime achievement award, which is completely and utterly surreal, given I'm only 30 years old," DiCaprio said.

"What's really exciting, for me, is that this is what I really love doing," he added. "It's what I want to do for the rest of my life."

The achievement award was created to commemorate the California festival's 20th anniversary.

The Aviator has nominated for 11 Oscars, including nominations for best film, best actor for DiCaprio and best director for Scorsese.

Source: Press Release