Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron faced off in both the Best Director and Best Motion Picture – Drama categories at Sunday’s Golden Globes. Each time, Cameron and his alien love story triumphed over Tarantino and his Nazi-scalping American soldiers. As “Inglourious Basterds” director Tarantino told MTV News at the show’s red carpet, the win for Cameron’s “Avatar” was well-deserved and he kind of wishes he could’ve pulled it off himself.
“I’m not James Cameron and I could never think like that — I don’t think he could think like me either — but if I could go into a time machine and think like that and be able to do what he could do, that would be great,” he told us.
It was a rough night for Tarantino. In addition to losing out twice to “Avatar,” the writer/director also fell in the Best Screenplay category, as Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won for “Up in the Air.” “Basterds” wasn’t completely shut out during the show, though — heavy favorite Christoph Waltz took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his turn as a cold-blooded Nazi officer.
“Avatar” and “Basterds” will surely face off again in March at the Oscars. Nominations for those awards will be announced in early February and both films are expected to nab multiple nods. Even if Tarantino again is bested by “Avatar,” the director is very much looking forward to another awards show coming later in 2010.
“[Y]ou know what I’m looking forward to next year?” he told us late last year. “I’m looking forward to Christoph Waltz winning Best Villain at the MTV Movie Awards!”