“With the recent conclusion of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards and the announcing of the 2016 Oscar nominations, awards season in Hollywood is officially upon us. Now’s the time for filmgoers to binge on all, or as many of the Oscar frontrunners as possible before February 28th. Some of us get as much, if not more enjoyment out of emotionally attaching ourselves to potential nominees and winners than the actual film-going experience. Our investment in these films is such a not-so-quiet reverence of the work itself, playing favorites is one of our most cherished annual pastimes. Who we align ourselves with isn’t a complicated process. While we can side with a film for a whole host of reasons, odds are if a particular auteur’s newest offering is in the running, our selection is made for us.
If you frequently pay attention to Rotten Tomatoes scores, maybe it surprises you that Tarantino’sThe Hateful Eight is potentially in the running for Best Picture. Or maybe it doesn’t surprise you, because after all, it’s Tarantino. It’s Tarantino’s eighth film, and with a directorial career as storied as his, there is always at least a modicum of discussion of what his magnum opus is with each successive release. The debate is likely to keep heating up as he gets ever closer to his tenth and final picture, whatever that may be.”
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