Quentin Tarantino ended his Oscar nomination drought of 15 years by grabbing 8 nominations for Inglourious Basterds. It’s been a decade and a half since Tarantino was nominated for Pulp Fiction, and now he is up for Best Picture and Best Director for his Nazi-hunting World War Two masterpiece.
As well as Best Picture and Best Director, Inglourious Basterds is also nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.
While Inglourious Basterds is a rank outsider for the big awards, Tarantino’s nominations in both Best Picture and Best Director show he is very much in contention. It is also possible the two leading candidates, Avatar and The Hurt Locker could cancel out each other’s votes, giving Inglourious Basterds the chance to swoop in.
Earning US$14.3 million in the United States on its opening Friday and an opening weekend gross of US$38 million, Inglourious Basterds has earned a worldwide gross US$320.3 million. This makes Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino’s highest grossing film.
Inglourious Basterds also marked a return to critical acclaim for Tarantino and featured in the top 10 of many critics’ lists for 2009.
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