Oscar Contenders

Nine Minute Featurette on the 'Django Unchained' Screenplay

Everyone weighs in on the screenplay for Tarantino's Oscar contender

Can Quentin Tarantino's screenplay for Django Unchained beat out Mark Boal's for Zero Dark Thirty and Wes Anderson's for Moonrise Kingdom? If I was to pull for one over the other I would definitely love to see Tarantino get a nod if only because I loved the film, but I would just as excited to see Anderson step up on stage to accept his first Oscar win. After all, Tarantino does have one already...

That said, today the Weinstein Co. has brought online a little For Your Consideration featurette taking a look at the screenplay for Django. Perhaps this is just phase one of Harvey's plan to get the film some recognition after admitting he botched the pre-nomination awards campaign for the film telling Deadline, "I delayed [sending screeners]. I wanted people to see it on the big screen. I told Quentin we'd probably pay the price at the Oscars, but it was the right way to see an epic period movie about a man who does not give up. Eventually, we gave out the DVDs but we paid the price for being late."

Django ultimately scored five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and while I think we all know that award is out of reach, Best Original Screenplay is still in play. Tarantino lost to Boal for The Hurt Locker the last time around, will it happen two times in a row?

Check out the featurette below, it's pretty good. You can also see my current predictions in the category right here and if you haven't done so yet, you can download the screenplay for free right here.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    Would love to see QT take the Oscar. I have watched the film now 3 times, still love. My number 1 film of the year. Gonna find sometime to read the script.

  • http://www.fullyoperational.tumblr.com dre

    The fact that Boal won for the Hurt Locker over QT's Inglourious Basterds script still irks me in an irrational way.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    This is one of the categories I go back and forth on. I love QT so I naturally assume he won't win because it would be too awesome if he did. On the other hand, they just gave Boal the Oscar a few years ago and his script for ZDT was far from brilliant. The momentum for ZDT has also died down considerably so idk. Anderson has NO chance so it's pointless to even talk about him. QT or Boal? That's the question.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      PS - Do Oscar voters really watch these featurette's?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/JoshP./ Josh P.

        This is very anecdotal, but I remember last year when a featurette popped up highlighting the makeup in Albert Nobbs, a film that seemed below the radar in that regard, and it ended up getting a nomination. I don't know if these kinds of videos work, but they may be indicative of a campaign that's going on. At the moment, I'm still picking QT to win.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      Haneke.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        Nah, I don't see that happening.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

          I would wager high. Both of those films have their controversy. Neither feel like sure things at all. Flight's not winning, and they just aren't feeling Anderson. Haneke is a HUGELY respected auteur, he's got the age factor, and he hasn't won one yet. Amour is winning something on Oscar night. This is starting to feel like a lock for him.

  • http://letterboxd.com/ragingtaxidrver/ RagingTaxiDriver

    This really makes me love Django even more than I did. Really wish my theater kept this one and got rid of Les Mis instead.

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    I just don't see it... I don't know. The dialogue is strong, no doubt about that... But I felt structurally and in terms of tone the story was lacking. I'll be happy for him if he wins, but these actors just come off as stroking QT's ego.

  • Mykael

    Aren't we underestimating Monsieur Michael Haneke's original screenplay for Amour?
    It's definitely a 3 way horse race with Monsieur Tarantino in momentum with screenplay wins from BFCA Critics Choice, Golden Globe and AACTA International.
    Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained isn't up for directing but Amour is.
    That's your passionate support.
    Monsieur Haneke is well-known and respected foreign auteur who shudn't certainly be counted out. We should be betting on him instead. .
    Amour can't win picture and director without the editing nod.
    And only sure thing is foreign feature film.
    Madame Riva shouldn't also be ruled out of contention as her performance would be the most accessible to the older audience of AMPAS. She might just be the winner without the votes being split b/w Mademoiselle Lawrence and Mademoiselle Chastain.
    Lack of ineligible guild support for Amour may not be a factor at all.
    It wouldn't be a surprise if Amour walks away with 3 out of 5.
    Monsieur Boal is most likely to take WGA unless the unlikely DGA honour for Breaking Bad catalyses Monsieur Johnson's chances. Unlikely. Anderson & Coppola 've rather slim chances.
    BAFTA 'll probably tell us the shape of things to come.

  • Jack

    It's Haneke that wins, I think.

  • http://topyxyz.wordpress.com Topy

    If ever the Academy felt the need to overlook Agro once again due to escalation of commitment, I'd like to see Django as not only the Best Screenplay but Best Picture as well. That would get people talking.