Writer-director Quentin Tarantino — a native of Knoxville — is a heavy contender at the Academy Awards tonight for his flick “Django Unchained.”
Among the highest honor: a nod in the best picture race against “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Amour,” “Argo,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
He is not up for best director, lessening his chances for “Django” to win the best picture race.
According to CNN.com: “Tarantino remains a critical and popular favorite — “Django” has grossed more than $100 million domestically in three weeks — but he failed to impress the academy with his directing prowess.
“The movie, however, picked up best picture and best original screenplay nominations,” the latter of which would go to Tarantino if “Django Unchained” wins the category.
The 85th annual Academy Awards airs live at 8:30 p.m. today on WATE, Channel 6.
Other Knoxville-area talent has flirted with Oscars over the years. Here’s a few of them:
Film: “Hud” (1963)
Category: best actress
She co-starred with Paul Newman in the classic film. Originally, critics suspected she’d be in the best supporting actress category.
Film: “Rango” (2012)
Category: directing and writing (animated)
The Oak Ridge native is a frequent collaborator with Johnny Depp.
Film: “Undefeated” (2012)
Category: best documentary
“Undefeated” is the story of an underdog football team who want to change their fortunes with coach Bill Courtney.
Film: “9 to 5” and “Transamerica”
She has never won but has been nominated twice for movie theme songs: “9 to 5” and “Travelin’ Thru.”
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or email@example.com.