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The Hollywood Film Awards Series: “The Hateful Eight” could be another Oscar success story for Quentin Tarantino

The Hateful Eight 3 cast
Yesterday, it was announced that the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards would be the first to honor Quentin Tarantino’s last movie The Hateful Eight. The film is being cited with an honor for its entire ensemble cast, which is a compliment not just to Tarantino, but to a number of Academy Award hopefuls as well. The flick is still by and large unseen by all but a few, so its Oscar prospects are still a bit up in the air. That being said, citations like this one make me think that QT could have another award winner on his hands here in The Hateful Eight. In any event, it’s time now for another installment of the Hollywood Film Awards series!

Here’s the official honor being bestowed on the film…

“Hollywood Ensemble Award”
The Hateful Eight, by Quentin Tarantino

Who is in the cast that shares in this particular honor? Well, a sampling of the ensemble would be Zoë Bell, Demian Bichir, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, James Parks, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, and Channing Tatum, just to name a few of the group involved in this one.

Just in case you aren’t aware, The Hateful Eight is the latest western from Tarantino. The aforementioned Bichir, Dern, Goggins, Jackson, Leigh, Madsen, Roth, and Russell are the eight ruffians depicted in the title. They all wind up at a saloon during a blizzard, forced to share a small space and potentially deal with murder. QT writes and directs, while the behind the scenes talent includes cinematography by Robert Richardson, music by Ennio Morricone, and more. We still don’t know too much about this one, but in some ways, that makes it something to anticipate even more. It’s Tarantino, so you know it’ll be an event regardless. He’s been a favorite of Oscar lately, so it’s hard to bet against this one as a big time player.

Though you can’t say for sure, this does bode well for the film overall. Especially when you consider how most of Tarantino’s movies have received awards attention, it’s folly to assume that this one will be shut out. Aside from his Grindhouse segment Death Proof, only his debut Reservoir Dogs and the one two punch of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Kill Bill Vol. 2 have gone unnoticed by the Academy. He’s won two Best Original Screenplay awards so far, while Oscar has also honored Christoph Waltz twice in Best Supporting Actor for working with him. In short…you have to assume that multiple nominations will be in store for this new one if the quality is up to par.

Awards wise, The Hateful Eight could do very well. Look for campaigns in Best Picture, Best Director (for Tarantino), Best Actor (for either Jackson or Russell), Best Supporting Actor (for some combination of Dern, Jackson, and/or Russell), Best Supporting Actress (for Leigh), Best Original Screenplay (for Tarantino), Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Hairstyling & Makeup, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Original Score. Depending on how the categorizations go, look for more than one cast member of this ensemble to receive a moment in the sun. It’s all up in the air, but this honor I’m talking about today can help make one bullish on its chances.

Overall, we won’t know for sure about The Hateful Eight for almost another two months now, but the Hollywood Film Awards have given it some welcome early buzz and tipped its hand about the quality of Tarantino’s newest work. I know I’m excited, as it’s yet another solid choice by the voting body, at least going on speculation on my part. Sit tight folks, as we’ll have tons more on The Hateful Eight as the season progresses, along with more coverage of the Hollywood Film Awards. It’s really precursor season now ladies and gentlemen, so it’s truly crunch time around these parts…

Stay tuned for more on The Hateful Eight as well as the 19th annual Hollywood Film Awards!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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