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  • Macbeth
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    The Academy sometimes makes mistakes, but at least they’ve awarded Quentin Tarantino an Oscar already, albeit for writing.

    My issue is that Quentin Tarantino, like David Lynch, is one of the most stylish directors alive. Tarantino’s film seem so much more alive than the films of Steven Spielberg or George Lucas. This is due to his excellent writing but mostly for his supreme directing ability.

    Tarantino films may have a bias because they are a bit too violent. However, the Academy has done quite a bit of recognizing of his films. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman were all deservedly nominated, and Christoph Waltz won for one of cinema’s greatest performances. However, David Carradine and Uma Thurman were snubbed for Kill Bill, Pam Grier, Jackson and Robert DeNiro were snubbed for Jackie Brown and Brad Pitt was snubbed for Inglorious Basterds. These were all deserving nominees.

    However, to get to my point – Tarantino deserves to win Best Director. He doesn’t release films often, but whenever he does they’re always on critics’ Best Of The Year lists. Pulp Fiction was the best film of 1994, apart from the hammy Forrest Gump (which was great because of Tom Hanks, not because of Zemeckis) and Tarantino deserved Best Director. He is a supreme talent.

    That brings me to the final point – he has a new film in development. Its called Killer Crow and the synopsis is as follows:

    ″Django-Inglourious Basterds″ trilogy called Killer Crow. The film will depict a group of World War II-era
    black troops who have “been fucked over by the American military and
    kind of go apeshit. They basically — the way Lt. Aldo Raines (Brad
    Pitt) and the Basterds are having an ‘Apache resistance’ — [the] black
    troops go on an Apache warpath and kill a bunch of white soldiers and
    white officers on a military base and are just making a warpath to
    Switzerland.”

    We’re likely to only see this film around 2015 or 2016, but I sincerely hope the Academy sees the chance to give Tarantino his Best Picture and Best Director trophy.

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    Renaton
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    I think that if he wins Screenplay this year, we can forget about him ever winning Director. Third Oscars are hard to come by, and there won’t be any kind of pressure for him to win as director. He gets anything this year, I could see building a case for him being owed soemthign there, and even then, it will probably take at least another 10, or even 15 years for a win to happen.

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    Jason Travis
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    Him winning screenplay this year, I think, won’t have an impact on him winning Director. Separate categories. They know he has yet to win Best Director. Based on the impact that Django Unchained made, and Inglorious Basterds before, I am for certain he will win one day. The academy seems to like him.

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    Renaton
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    Nah, it affects. Just like Meryl winning Supporting affected her chances of winning lead all those years, because she still had two. Voters get more and more economical about rewarding the same people over and over with time, and if he gets a second, I believe it will be specially difficult for there to ever be momentum to make him an inevitable winner.

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    Well, if ever he deserved to win Best Director, it should have been for Inglourious Basterds (I’m still absolutely baffled that it didn’t at least win Original Screenplay…WTF?!?!?!) which is arguably his masterpiece. Django is great, but I don’t think it quite reaches the heights of Basterds, so his lack of director nomination this year isn’t a huge snub, IMO. I’d be glad if he won screenplay this year, but I’d rather Wes Anderson win it.

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    Renaton
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    He was certainly better than Robert Zemeckis and “Forrest Gump” int he year of “Pulp Fiction”. And in an utopic world, he’d at least been nominated for one of the Kill Bill films. I think he is just as much (if not more) a director than a writer. Haven’t seen Django yet, I’ll get to it today.But I agree it would’ve been great if he had pulled it off for Basterds. But I’m glad Bigelow won, I like them equally that year, and I thought both gave brilliant showcases for directing.

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    Jason Travis
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    I don’t think technical and director/writing fields are as affected by the ‘already has an Oscar’ rule as the acting categories. Look at Edith Head- she won a ton of Costume Design awards; John Williams won 5 Oscars (though he deserves far more). They had no problem handing Clint Eastwood Oscars for Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby in both best picture and best director fields.

    It is known Tarantino doesn’t have a best director Oscar. But the years he lost were predicted- in 1994 nothing was stopping the Gump mobile from plowing over everything else. Back then Shawshank hadn’t earned it’s honorable status it holds today, and Pulp Fiction was still viewed as horrificly violent and hard to take- though by Oscar night it had definitley peaked it’s status to a closer foil for the Tom Hanks megablockbuster.

    Inglourious Basterds suffered from being pitted against The Hurt Locker vs Avatar ordeal, though many had predicted Tarantino would win Screenplay (I did; didn’t see the Mark Boal win coming).

    I think Django Unchained did a lot better in nominations then some predicted, and Tarantino looks good to win his second screenplay Oscar if the Amour train doesn’t derail it.

    Have faith- he will get one; and he’s certainly been treated a lot better then Christopher Nolan and David Fincher.

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    The reason Tarantino hasn’t and may never win a Best Director Oscar is that he’s a one trick pony, essentially making the same film in a different genre each time.

    When he actually makes afilm that isn’t all about him and doesn’t peddle the same old schtick he’s been doing for 20 years he may be in with a chance.

    Off to see Django right now. I’m expecting the worst.

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    Probably not. Way too divisive. He would have to totally abaoned his signature style to appease them and I don’t think that is happening. 

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    The reason Tarantino hasn’t and may never win a Best Director Oscar is that he’s a one trick pony, essentially making the same film in a different genre each time.

    When he actually makes afilm that isn’t all about him and doesn’t peddle the same old schtick he’s been doing for 20 years he may be in with a chance.

    Off to see Django right now. I’m expecting the worst.

    You could say that about many directors. Using derogatory terms, I can make Ozu sound like a hack.  Doesn’t mean he is. Some directors are auteurs inspite the fact their body of work is so diverse (like Soderbergh or Eastwood) because there’s generally a common thread that tie them together. But versatility isn’t obligatory to be a great filmmaker. And I wouldn’t want Tarantino to sacrifice his sense of identity and style just to please detractor and win Oscars. An authoral point view is just as much about visual identity and recurrent personality in themes and elements as is it is about the execution of a subject matter (hell, it’s probably more about that than anything else). 

    I think it’s funny when this complaint is used. If Tarantino was a tame filmmaker, nobody would complain about this. But because he is flashy, bold and explosive, people often point that out as flaw. But a director that doesn’t have a particular style and identity is not a filmmaker I trust. 

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    Renaton- Baby Clyde was just giving you her insight on his work- not everyone will like him as a director (or writer) for that matter. He’s a very controversial figure in Hollywood- as he prefers to be- but that doesn’t mean he won’t ever win.

    The moment Roman Polanski won for The Pianist, Bullock for The Blind Side, Crash for Best Picture- I realized the Oscars can go any way they want to at the blink of an eye. Never say never in the Oscar world, anything is possible.

    Tarantino has managed to get 3 of his films up for Best Picture and is still riding strong. The fact that he has a limited amount of work released is also impressive. Django Unchained, I bet, would never have been given quite the attention it recieved had his name not been attached to the project. He is doing just fine, and I see more for him in the future. I love him and loved Django more then any other film he’s done- but others will feel the opposite, like with any director or actor.

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    I know, but disagreeing with Baby Clyde and saying why I do isn’t an attack, it’s just a discussion. I was adressing the term “one trick pony” more than Baby Clyde’s post necessarily. I wasn’t being rude and I don’t think the post is unreasonable, just debating on why I disagree.

    EDIT: Also never imposed or implied Baby Clyde is obligated to like Tarantino.  I meant that like his films or not, he is very much as purely and completely authoral on his process and choice of material as it is possible nowadays. Doesn’t mean I think everyone has to like him.

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    I wasn’t saying you were being rude, sorry if I came off that way. I was just looking at both sides of the discussion. Tarantino will win again.

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    I’m sorry if I sounded defensive Jason, you pointing it out didn’t bother me, it’s just that sometimes people seem to think that just because you articulate on why you disagree that it means you’re being condescending or trying to impose anything. I think Baby Clyde has the right to dislike Tarantino films, just wanted to elaborate on term that was use din the conversation. But I know you didn’t think it was rude, just said that so it wasn’t open that for someone to act as I had been disrespectful (which you didn’t do).

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