Oscars 2013: Quentin Tarantino of 'Django Unchained' wins Writing (Original Screenplay)
Quentin Tarantino has won the 2013 Oscar for Writing (Original Screenplay) for "Django Unchained," marking the screenwriter and director's second win and fifth nomination.
The winners were announced at a live ceremony that took place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and aired live on ABC on Sunday, February 24. Tarantino beat Michael Haneke of "Amour," John Gatins of "Flight," Mark Boal of "Zero Dark Thirty" and Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola of "Moonrise Kingdom."
Tarantino's film's title was inspired by the 1966 Western "Django." Jamie Foxx plays the title character, an African-American slave who makes a deal with a bounty hunter, played by Christoph Waltz, to try to secure his freedom and also find and free his wife, played by Kerry Washington, from an evil plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
The movie has stirred controversy over not only its sensitive subject matter, but its repeated use of a racial slur throughout the film. Director Spike Lee, a longtime advocate of civil rights known for helming the 1992 film "Malcolm X," said in December that he would boycott the movie, adding on his Twitter page: "American Slavery Was Not A Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western.It Was A Holocaust.My Ancestors Are Slaves.Stolen From Africa.I Will Honor Them. (sic)"
Italian director Sergio Leone made many Spaghetti Western films, including the 1966 classic "A Fistful of Dollars."
Tarantino addressed the controversy over the use of the racial slur, telling MTV News: "I think it's kind of ridiculous because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi, so since they can't say that, what they're basically saying is, 'I should lie, I should pretty it up. I should lie' and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell.'
"Django Unchained" earned five Oscar nominations. Tarantino did not earn a nod for directing. Foxx, Washington and DiCaprio were also not nominated for their performances.
Earlier in the evening, Waltz won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
This marks the second Oscar win and third Oscar nomination for screenwriting for Tarantino, who previously won one in 1994 -- he shared the award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for "Pulp Fiction" with screenwriter Roger Avary.
Tarantino has been nominated for an Oscar a total of five times. He previously earned nods for directing the latter film and for writing and directing the 2009 movie "Inglourious Basterds," which earned Waltz his first Oscar, for his role as a Nazi officer.
Watch the trailer for "Django Unchained" below.