Awards pile up for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Oscar nomination announcement day

So far Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood has been on a roll. Sony must be pleased, and so must be everyone involved. You have to say, despite the big names, original work is having a tough time with the studios. One remake chases the next, existing IP is being milked, the market is awash in super heroes and comic books. In comes an almost 3h fairy tale about Hollywood with the surprising Tarantino spin. And voila, it works. Let’s hope it spawns more investment in original work. Of course not every indie flick can muster the kind of studio effort a 9th Tarantino ensemble piece can, but it is still encouraging! It’s nominated for tons of awards, has already taken home a lot of them, and today’s announcement of the academy awards is a culmination of a great campaign also. It would be a clou if QT were to win, say, a third Oscar for best screenplay – or even take home the big one, because, maybe, just maybe, the Academy voters have just as much love for a movie that’s all about love for movies, than the fans

So here’s my prediction: best film is a toss-up and it’s probably anyone’s guess. Richardson is battling – once again – some of the supreme competition the industry can muster, so I think he might lose to Deakins or Blaschke. But I think the film has an 80% chance in almost all the other categories, so it might win (fingers crossed) between 5 and 8 Oscars.

It took home three Golden Globes the other week:

  • Best film (comedy)
  • Best supporting actor (Brad Pitt)
  • Best director

This weekend it won big at the Critics’ Choice Awards:

  • Best film
  • Best screenplay
  • Best support actor (Brad Pitt)
  • Best production design

As for the Academy Awards, Once… is nominated for ten Oscars, in all of the following categories:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor (Leo)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Brad)
  • Best Director (QT)
  • Best Original Screenplay (QT)
  • Best Production Design (Barbara Ling; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
  • Best Cinematography (Bob Richardson)
  • Best Costume Design (Arianne Phillips)
  • Best Sound Mixing (Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano)
  • Best Sound Editing (Wylie Stateman)

It is nominated for 10 BAFTAs, 4 SAG awards and…… see a complete list of nominations and awards at the IMBDb.


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Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives and has been a fan and observer of QT for over two decades now, cherishing his work and the window in the the wider world of cinema his movies have opened up. Inspired as such, he runs the Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb), the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb), Furious Cinema, its German sister Nischenkino and The Robert Rodriguez Archives. He lives in Berlin.

2 Responses

  1. Linda says:

    If Mr.Tarantino doesn’t win an statue for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, I will boycott the Oscars forever! I cried at the end!

  2. Linda says:

    Leo DiCaprio MUST win for best actor for Once Upon A Time!