Quentin Tarantino feels sorry for Ben Affleck.
Both directors missed out on Best Director Oscar nominations on Thursday even though their movies Django Unchained and Argo picked up nods in other categories but Quentin thinks Ben's snub was worse than his.
Speaking at the Django Unchained premiere at London's Empire, Leicester Square, he told BANG Showbiz, "It would have been nice and everything but at the end of the day, I actually feel more sorry for Ben Affleck. He really deserved it and I think we all thought he was going to get it, so I feel really sorry for him."
While, Quentin is excited that his own movie received five Academy Award nominations, he doesn't believe it will win the night's biggest award, Best Picture: "It feels very lovely, it's nice to be invited to the party. It's been a good week. Five Oscar nominations today, five BAFTA nominations yesterday. I don't think it will win Best Picture. But if it did, I will take it for sure."
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Lincoln leads the Golden Globe 2013 nominations with seven nods. Steven Spielberg's biopic about former President Abraham Lincoln is up for a host of top prizes including Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Screenplay.
Quentin Tarantino's western flick Django Unchained and political drama Argo follow close behind with five nominations each. Critically-acclaimed films Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook each received four nods.
With three nominations are Life of Pi, dark cult drama The Master and heart-warming British comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The great Dames of British film, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Helen Mirren, all have acting nods for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Quartet and Hitchcock respectively.
Surprises include Nicole Kidman's Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Paperboy and John Hawkes and Helen Hunt being up for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their performances in The Sessions.
Christmas brings joy to many -- even moreso for fans of Quentin Tarantino, whose latest film Django Unchained is set to debut on the winter holiday. After viewing the film's second trailer (seen above), however, I can't say that I'm as excited as I typically find myself with a Tarantino release.
It could be that I just don't buy Leonardo DiCaprio as a villainous, eyeliner-sporting slave owner? Or perhaps it's the intended-to-be-humorous quips from Christoph Waltz and Jonah Hill that didn't impress me? Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!
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Jamie Foxx says that Django Unchained is a love story.
The Oscar-winning actor plays the titular character in the spaghetti western, whose main goal in life is to recover his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) but first needs to get past the villainous ranch Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who runs club Candyland, where his spouse and other female slaves are exploited as sex objects and Jamie believes the husband/wife relationship is the most important one in the movie.
"The one thing that stuck out to me in the script was that Django got married. Back then to be married was taboo. You could be killed... The strongest buck would mate with the strongest black woman so they could get stronger slaves. They didn't want black people married. So Django being married was a big thing for me. This is a love story. He's not trying to stop slavery. He's not trying to do anything but find the love of his life - which is like trying to find a needle in a world of haystacks."
Samuel L. Jackson finds it "fun" and "artistically satisfying" working with Quentin Tarantino on Django Unchained.
The Avengers star is delighted to be teaming up with the director again for the star-studded drama movie - which features Sacha Baron Cohen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kurt Russell, Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx - and he revealed the film set is "full of fun, joy and laughter."
"It's really great to be back on Tarantino's set. As usual it's full of fun, joy and laughter. It's as fun and artistically satisfying as it's ever been. He is still doing his weekly film screenings of interesting and bizarre movies, last week we saw The Raid which was an awesome movie."
Samuel currently stars as Nick Fury in The Avengers, and the 63-year-old actor was full of praise for the film's director Joss Whedon for fitting all of the superhero characters - including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Captain America (Chris Evans) - together in one motion picture.
Sally Menke, the editor on every Quentin Tarantino film since Reservoir Dogs, passed away yesterday in California. She was 56 years old.
The two-time Academy Award nominee (Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds) had been out hiking in the record Los Angeles heat prior to her death. Temps in the area had reached a high of 113 degrees.
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The anticipation of being in the same room as Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth at SXSW 2010 Film was worth the very long wait in line, but within 20 minutes word had spread that Tarantino and Roth were no shows.
They were both supposed to accompany other notable directors Ti West (The House of the Devil), Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Matt Reeves (Cloverfield).
Many people jumped out of line before they could learn that Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror/The Faculty) and Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers/The Descent) were going to be the replacements on the panel. When people found out Rodriguez was on the panel the room quickly filled up! Especially since he just debuted the preview for his upcoming movie Predators.
When you throw in an extra host, add five more Best Picture nominees, take away the Best Song performances and nominate two formerly married directors—what do you get? A night that will surely be talked about.
Although many believe the 82nd Annual Academy Awards will end with very few surprises, the possibility of an upset is still too great to ignore. Will the box office champ (Avatar) win Best Film as well? Or will The Hurt Locker - or even Inglourious Basterds - take the prize? Is Jeff Bridges a shoo-in for Best Actor…or could BAFTA winner Colin Firth sneak past him? Will Sandra Bullock have to deliver another acceptance speech, or will Meryl Streep take home her first Oscar since 1983?
To find out if the ceremony ends in a world of Hurt or Up in the Air, stay tuned here for the live results!
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After the list of Academy Award nominees were announced this morning, two movies rose to the top of the pack. Avatar and The Hurt Locker - helmed respectively by James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow - both lead the field with nine nominations each. Thankfully, the formerly married directors still get along.
Even though this will be the first time since 1943 (when Casablanca won) that ten films will go up for Best Film, this year’s list only revealed a handful of surprises. Those who have been following other ceremonies during this awards season saw very little changes in the acting categories.
Here are some of the noteworthy mentions/omissions from today’s nominations:
- Many had hoped The Hangover, Star Trek and/or (500) Days of Summer would go up for Best Picture. Many were left disappointed.
- Is this the first time Daniel Day-Lewis wasn’t nominated for simply breathing?
- Acting queen Meryl Streep is up now up for her sweet 16th nomination for her role in Julie & Julia. (I believe I will one day see her 20th.)
- Speaking of leading women, there will be three newcomers going up against vets Streep and Helen Mirren (The Last Station): Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)—someone who wasn’t even an actress to begin with!
- Disney/Pixar’s Up will be double-dipping it this year. The feature has been nominated in both the Best Film and Best Animated Film categories.
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Dame Helen Mirren is being lined up to play a foul-mouthed monarch.
The Last Station actress has been approached by Quentin Tarantino to play an aggressive queen in his upcoming movie - which is expected to be set in England’s Middle Ages.
“It will feature his trademarks - bloody violence and foul language. Helen has never worked with Tarantino and is interested. If the film goes into production it’s likely she will play a part,” a source told The Sun newspaper.
The 64-year-old actress, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, admitted she would love to do sequel because portraying the long-serving monarch was one of her most satisfying roles.
“The Queen was such an individual, idiosyncratic film. It was one of a kind. You can’t repeat that. People have asked, ‘Is there going to be a sequel?’ Yes, let’s do the golden jubilee. That would be interesting,” Mirren said.
Helen also played a queen in 2005 when she starred in Elizabeth I, a British TV mini-series which looked at the second half of the royal’s 45-year-long reign over the UK and Commonwealth.
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