With brief yet genuine words of praise from former colleagues, a flashy movie-clip mash-up and a musical tribute in his honor, Quentin Tarantino stepped into the Critics' Choice Movie Awards history books Friday night (January 14) after receiving the show's inaugural Music+Film Award.
Ice Cube started things off by telling everyone to hurry up and sit down so he could present before introducing an impressive clip reel that included Tarantino classics "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction," "Jackie Brown," "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" and "Vol. 2" and "Inglourious Basterds."
Then, Maroon 5's Adam Levine (who, along with his bandmates, was moonlighting as the show's house band for the evening) hit the stage with his guitar for a performance of the "Dogs" musical number "Stuck in the Middle With You," which doubled as a tribute to late Stealers Wheel frontman Gerry Rafferty. That was followed by a saucy version of "Son of a Preacher Man" by Keri Hilson.
"Reservoir Dogs" castmember Tim Roth took the stage after Levine's and Hilson's performances to officially hand off the award to Tarantino, who was shown smiling from the audience throughout the tribute. Roth noted that no one deserves the award more than Tarantino and that he was happy to help "celebrate Quentin for using music so damn effectively."
Then the man himself graciously took the stage and talked about how he started filmmaking by hanging out alone in his room, playing records like Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" and writing scenes to go along with them. "I'm kind of still doing the same thing right now," he joked.
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