In the lead up to the next Oscar nominations, Quentin Tarantino sat down with Cinema Blend to discuss his experience with the Academy, detailing the one time he legitimately felt robbed of the golden trophy.
This year Tarantino‘s ninth movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has generated major Oscar buzz, which is nothing new for the two-time Academy Award winner. However, in his recent interview the director recounted the one time he did feel overlooked by the Oscars, when in 2009 he lost the screenwriting award for Inglorious Basterds.
"In the case of Inglorious Basterds, we had a shot [at Best Picture], but we all knew Kathryn Bigelow was going to win for The Hurt Locker. It just kinda was the way it was," he explained.
"Now, in that instance, I was totally pissed that I lost Original Screenplay to (The Hurt Locker writer and producer) Mark Boal. And I like Mark, and we were actually doing a lot of shit-talking with each other through the entire process. I just think my script was better, all right? That's where I felt I got robbed."
In the conversation, Tarantino admitted that he thinks Christopher Waltz's memorable opening monologue is the best he has ever written. However, the director got his shot at revenge in 2013, when he faced Boal one more time in the same category.
"I bumped into him in the lobby of the Kodak. I go, ‘Motherfucker, you're not even getting out of your seat. If you get out of your seat, you better be taking a piss because you ain't getting it. I am not competing against anybody else here, except I'm going to shut your fucking candy store down tonight!’"
Luckily, Quentin Tarantino did take the Oscar home that night for screenwriting for Django Unchained.