Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 26-28, 2019

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film brings his trademark violence and cynicism to Hollywood in this tale about an actor and his stunt double working in Hollywood around the same times as Charlie Manson and his followers violently murdered Sharon Tate.

While the plot has been kept under wraps for the most part, one doesn’t have to know the plot to know that it will be an Oscar player. Tarantino’s eight prior films show that the Academy has a fondness for the filmmaker even if he only had one Oscar contender in the first five.

His first film, Reservoir Dogs as well as his third, fourth, and fifth features (Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Vol. 1, and Kill Bill, Vol. 2 were Oscar no-shows, his second film, Pulp Fiction, as well as his most recent three, were all Oscar nominees.

Pulp Fiction was one of Harvey Weinstein’s biggest accomplishments, taking his success with films like My Left Foot and The Crying Game and turning them into Oscar gold. Pulp Fiction netted Tarantino his first Best Directing nomination as well as nods in six other categories including Best Picture, taking home the Oscar for Original Screenplay.

His sixth film, Inglourious Basterds was a huge box office success became Tarantino’s biggest Oscar nominee yet, claiming eight total nominations including Best Picture and winning one for Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz.

Waltz followed up his Oscar win with another Oscar-winning turn in Tarantino’s next movie, Django Unchained, which only managed five nominations, one of which was Best Picture. It also won Tarantino his second Oscar for Original Screenplay.

Tarantino’s most recent film was The Hateful Eight four years ago. While it was his fourth Oscar nominee, it was his first without a Best Picture citation. The film claimed only three nominations, winning for legendary composer Ennio Morricone.

This positions Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood well for Oscar consideration. Although it isn’t his best reviewed film ever, it isn’t too far behind any of his other better reviewed films. That gives the film plenty of opportunity with Oscar voters. With a solid box office performance and a Hollywood-centric story, the likelihood of multiple nominations, including Best Picture, are quite high.

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