Quentin Tarantino won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay on Sunday night (February 24), beating out a competitive group of writers including “Zero Dark Thirty” scribe Mark Boal. The victory marks Tarantino’s first Oscar since 1994’s “Pulp Fiction.” Presenting the award to Tarantino were veteran Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Charlize Theron, the latter of whom held special significance for the “Django Unchained” filmmaker.
“That’s cool. Charlize is my neighbor. Very nice to get this from you,” he started. “And thanks, Mr. Hoffman! Boy, oh boy.”
Tarantino unchained his signature laugh before launching into the remainder of his speech, commenting on what makes his screenplays so special.
“I’ve been saying things like, ’I want to thank the actors for what they’ve done’ when it comes to my scripts. But it’s not just an easy thing to say. It’s really why I’m standing here,” said the filmmaker. “I actually think if people know about my movies 30 years from now, it’s going to be because of the characters I created. I only get one chance to get it right: I have to cast the right people to make those characters come alive and hopefully live for a long time. Boy, this time, did I do it. Thank you so much, guys.”
Earlier in the evening, “Django” was honored in the Best Supporting Actor category with a win for Christoph Waltz ; his second-ever Academy Award, and his second time winning for a Tarantino role.
“I would like to say it’s such an honor to get it this year, because I have to say in both the Original and Adapted categories, the writing is just fantastic,” the director concluded. “This will be the writer’s year, man. I love the competition.”
Before Tarantino’s victory, “Argo” screenwriter Chris Terrio won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay. In his speech, he thanked anyone who has ever solved a problem through intelligence and non-violent means.