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Kill Bill’s Oscar Snub

A couple of film critics for the Star Tribune discuss Kill Bill’s Oscar snub:

C.C.: The shutout of “Kill Bill Vol. 1″ is a sad sign of the motion picture academy’s stodgy approach to the nomination process. The film was the coolest of the cool last year, made with a craftsmanship and excitement for the possibilities of filmed entertainment that was matched by only a handful of features. For anyone interested in seeing movies that push the limits, it was the film to beat last year. Ignoring it because its creative roots reach down to disreputable low-budget revenge flicks is unforgivable snobbery.

J.S.: To have nominated “Kill Bill” would have reduced the prestige of winning an Oscar to one step above getting the Key to the City of Omaha. The movie was an exercise in excess and self-indulgence. Yes, some of the imagery was impressive — the first time. But writer/director Quentin Tarantino was operating under the premise that anything worth doing once was worth doing four more times. His biggest accomplishment was convincing the studio that the movie was so brilliant that it couldn’t be cut and, thus, had to be released in two installments. I could have cut it down to about half an hour — including the trailers.

C.C.: Baloney. If “City of God,” a Brazilian ghetto crime drama that’s at least as bloody and wrenching as “Kill Bill,” deserves a best-director nomination, Q.T. was robbed.

bret

22 Comments

  1. I should think that no one would ever be disapointed if QT never did win an Oscar for Director. The finest directors never do win that prize. Hitchcock, Welles, Kubrick, Scorsese, not to mention a dozen splendid international film making giants never won such a prize. A “snub” for such an irreverant, but brilliant film treatise is actually a complement, because the “snub” category has some good company (do you remember Citizen Kane or do you remember film that won the Oscar that year?). The Oscars are a joke, and have always been. Am I the only one aware of this? Chicago? A Beautiful Mind? These are the films Hollywood wants to immoralize? Puh-leeze. I say, Congrats to ‘Kill Bill’ for not getting the dubious Oscar nomination distinction.

  2. I should think that no one would ever be disapointed if QT never did win an Oscar for Director. The finest directors never do win that prize. Hitchcock, Welles, Kubrick, Scorsese, not to mention a dozen splendid international film making giants never won such a prize. A “snub” for such an irreverant, but brilliant film treatise is actually a complement, because the “snub” category has some good company (do you remember Citizen Kane or do you remember film that won the Oscar that year?). The Oscars are a joke, and have always been. Am I the only one aware of this? Chicago? A Beautiful Mind? These are the films Hollywood wants to immoralize? Puh-leeze. I say, Congrats to ‘Kill Bill’ for not getting the dubious Oscar nomination distinction.

  3. Kill Bill may have deserved an Editing nod, a sound nomination or maybe an award for effects. Kill Bill did not deserve anything for the director. If the movie had not been split into 2, it probably would have been the gripping movie that City of God was, but Kill Bill was stretched into a 4 hour meditation on that which QT loves. I don’t mind that at all. In fact, I LOVED KBv1. I have seen it more times than a sane man should, possibly. But I know better than to think that it deserves to be put on the same level as “City of God”, possibly one of the best crime films I have ever seen in my life.

  4. Kill Bill may have deserved an Editing nod, a sound nomination or maybe an award for effects. Kill Bill did not deserve anything for the director. If the movie had not been split into 2, it probably would have been the gripping movie that City of God was, but Kill Bill was stretched into a 4 hour meditation on that which QT loves. I don’t mind that at all. In fact, I LOVED KBv1. I have seen it more times than a sane man should, possibly. But I know better than to think that it deserves to be put on the same level as “City of God”, possibly one of the best crime films I have ever seen in my life.

  5. “I could have cut it down to about half an hour — including the trailers.”
    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. This idiot probably doesn’t even know how to operate a camera.

  6. “I could have cut it down to about half an hour — including the trailers.”
    That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. This idiot probably doesn’t even know how to operate a camera.

  7. ya seriously, taking anything out would have crapped down the mood to the movie and it would have lacked narative scope.
    but really, about this ocsar shit….who cares?? oscars are a bunch of old men’s opinions handed out in a lil statue….WE know what the best movie of 2003 was kill bill so fuck anyone who doesnt agree…when cold mountain or some shit wins best picture we can all laugh cuz we know that that movie will be forgotten by this time next year

  8. ya seriously, taking anything out would have crapped down the mood to the movie and it would have lacked narative scope.
    but really, about this ocsar shit….who cares?? oscars are a bunch of old men’s opinions handed out in a lil statue….WE know what the best movie of 2003 was kill bill so fuck anyone who doesnt agree…when cold mountain or some shit wins best picture we can all laugh cuz we know that that movie will be forgotten by this time next year

  9. It is dissapointing that kill bill vol 1 was not nominated for an oscar…i agree that the “i could have cut it down to 30 mins” comment was very dumb. That person does not know a thing about directing or editing

  10. It is dissapointing that kill bill vol 1 was not nominated for an oscar…i agree that the “i could have cut it down to 30 mins” comment was very dumb. That person does not know a thing about directing or editing

  11. FUCK THE ACADEMY. Tarantino was robbed. So was Uma in my opinion. ANYBODY THAT SAW KILL BILL volume1 AND DIDN’T THINK IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE THAT THEY EVER HAD IN A MOVIE THEATRE IS A FUCKING LIAR, TOO LAME(OR OLD) TO “GET IT” OR JUST A TYPICAL ACADEMY SNOB.

  12. p.s. Yeah that J.S. dude who said he “could have cut it down to about half an hour, including trailers.” THAT GUY IS SMOKING CRACK.
    Maybe Kill Bill’s beauty and originality would have been bastardized if it would have lit up the punk-ass “Academy Awards.”

  13. p.s. Yeah that J.S. dude who said he “could have cut it down to about half an hour, including trailers.” THAT GUY IS SMOKING CRACK.
    Maybe Kill Bill’s beauty and originality would have been bastardized if it would have lit up the punk-ass “Academy Awards.”

  14. preach it mofo!
    kill was one hell of a cool movie…im just afriad that watching it at home wont be as cool cuz u dont have the hot sound :

  15. This was one of the best movies I seen all year, and Cold Mountain recieves the 7 nominations? What the hell is wrong with these people. They wouldn’t know a modern work of art if it jumped in front of them and asked them to fuck themselves

  16. This was one of the best movies I seen all year, and Cold Mountain recieves the 7 nominations? What the hell is wrong with these people. They wouldn’t know a modern work of art if it jumped in front of them and asked them to fuck themselves

  17. I’ve read through most of the comment on this page, and I couldn’t help notice the narrow minded views posted. Yes Tarantino is an accomplished Writer/Director, yes the oscars are a farse and don’t mean shit general as they are to political.
    But honestly, does it matter if Quentin wasn’t a winner? Kill Bill was fantastic and yes he’s driving me mad with his teases of realease dates. But anyone who’s seen a martial art film from Lee to Chan should know that their is nothing new in this movie other than some nice single shot pan and scans (following in to the bathroom).
    Obviously I don’t know Mr Tarantino and I don’t pretend to, But I’d like to think that Kill Bill was a homage to all the Asian films that have shaped the western movies without getting the respect and acknowledge they deserve.

  18. Yeah, all this stuff about postponing the release date is driving me crazy, too. But I’ve read these reviews and for the noment I’m more or less satisfied.
    Then, about Mr. Oscar… Till that moment I was kinda interested in this stuff. But no longer. O’key, they didn’t like the movie. That’s a subjective opinion. But who really deserved to be estimated was Uma. No one can deny (even my friends, who didn’t like the film) she was on the highest level. And not having her nominated- that’s the biggest crap..

  19. Yeah, all this stuff about postponing the release date is driving me crazy, too. But I’ve read these reviews and for the noment I’m more or less satisfied.
    Then, about Mr. Oscar… Till that moment I was kinda interested in this stuff. But no longer. O’key, they didn’t like the movie. That’s a subjective opinion. But who really deserved to be estimated was Uma. No one can deny (even my friends, who didn’t like the film) she was on the highest level. And not having her nominated- that’s the biggest crap..

  20. Yes I too am a fan of Tarantino’s, I diged the dogs, the fiction & the romance, I too think that oscars suck but Kill Bill is by far one of the lamest movies to have ever been made, not only by QT but in general. Writen probably while leaving a morning dumb. Teenage crap, just the movie for american kids who play cs all day long. Pathetic , inaceptable.

  21. Tarantino is the only reason i went to the movies last year, and this year, pretty much.
    Kill bill vol.1 was the movie.
    i’ve never seen an action movie like it.tarantino is a force to be reconed with.Love him

  22. Tarantino is the only reason i went to the movies last year, and this year, pretty much.
    Kill bill vol.1 was the movie.
    i’ve never seen an action movie like it.tarantino is a force to be reconed with.Love him

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