"Forget any awards action," Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) reported. Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood) tweeted two comments. First: "'Django Unchained' is a super violent spaghetti western with anachronistic songs. waltz and Jackson steal it. All talk and action. 1st screening." Second: "Review embargo on 'Django Unchained'. Trademark Tarantino: fun, talky, well-made violent revenge western with long takes, strong ensemble."
Currently, "Django Unchained" is ranked ninth in Gold Derby's poll of 26 Oscarologists, with 25-to-1 odds to win. See how all experts rank all contenders in that race here.
Jeff Wells also wrote of "Django": " it's a complete Tarantino wankathon, a '70s spaghetti western "southern", about as un-period as it could possibly be, pop tunes on the soundtrack (including Richie Havens' 'Freedom'), 2 hours and 45 minutes long (and a really talky second hour that has to be experienced to be believed), sadistic and blunt, semi-'thoughtful,' comedic and smirking and about as cinematically sincere as an SNL skit, pockmarked with occasional fast-zoom shots, incredibly impressed with itself, howlingly funny at times, silly, stupid, undisciplined, simultaneously Mandingo-esque and an anti-Mandingo, tedious, a hoot, astonishing at times and too effing long. But at least it's not three hours, which it allegedly was a while back."
"A lot of people are going to love 'Django Unchained,'" Wells added. "But forget any awards action. Okay, maybe Leonardo DiCaprio or Christoph Waltz for supporting, but I doubt it." READ MORE
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