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Will Tarantino’s 70mm ‘Hateful Eight’ Be an Oscar Contender?

Will Tarantino's 70mm 'Hateful Eight' Be an Oscar Contender?

Following the two-week engagement, the film will open with a theatrical digital release nationwide on January 8, 2016, while continuing to be shown in 70mm. This marks the widest 70mm release that the industry has seen in over twenty years. Back in 2012 TWC also booked Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” in 70 mm houses.  
Celluloid-lover Tarantino, who runs the New Beverly Cinema, which exclusively shows film prints only, believes that “glorious” 70mm is the best way to experience his Civil War-era western. And a Christmas Day release will be a prime time late-year showcase for the movie in Academy-centric cities like Los Angeles and New York. While late releases don’t always have the advantage these days, the Academy loves Tarantino and is one of the last remaining demos to appreciate the art of the western. They will check out the movie: after all, “Inglourious Basterds’ and ‘Django Unchained’ earned 8 and 5 Oscar nominations, respectively. The actors branch is likely to appreciate Tarantino’s sprawling cast. Which ones will pop?

Read our sneak peek at Tarantino’s ambition in snow-covered set photos of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demian Bechir and Walton Goggins, who he calls “The Tarantino superstars.” 

As we learned at last year’s LA live read, “Hateful Eight” pays claustrophobic homage to “The Petrified Forest” and “Key Largo,” where a group of strangers trapped in a contained space need to figure out who the others are in order to survive. In this case two stage coaches and their passengers, including one handcuffed prisoner and two bounty hunters, converge on Minnie’s Haberdashery, a remote inn on the road to Red Rock, in the face of a raging blizzard that threatens to hold them hostage for several days–assuming they live that long.
Tarantino packs in references to “Gone with the Wind” and “Rio Bravo,” time-shifting perspectives, secrets to be solved, wind blowing through kicked-in doors, surging horses, raging blizzards, knives, blazing guns, smoldering corpses, projectile vomiting and bodies piled on the floor.

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