The 9th movie from Quentin Tarantino is, in many ways, a conglomeration of his entire career, serving as an intimate portrait of the city he calls home. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’s refreshingly original brew of childhood memories, self-indulgences, nostalgic visuals, and universal narratives coalesce into a love letter to not only Hollywood but the industry as a whole.
At the center of this affectionately nostalgic tale is Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), an aging 1950s television star who sees himself fading from the spotlight as he struggles to make the transition to movies. At Rick’s side every step of the way is his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Their allegiance to each other has never swayed, even in each friend’s lowest moments. A mix of real-life and fictional characters are weaved into Rick and Cliff’s story, creating an entertaining and educational look at Hollywood in the late 1960s and its various social strata.
Complete with a dream cast that includes the first-ever pairing of Hollywood legends, and two of today’s greatest stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood may be Tarantino’s greatest cinematic achievement to date. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences seems to agree, nominating the movie for 10 of their prestigious awards, the most of any previous Tarantino movie.
We’ve organized a guide to each of Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’s 10 Academy Award® nominations, complete with brief histories of the categories and nominee’s careers. If you get the urge to watch Tarantino’s masterpiece on the big screen a second time, or perhaps for the very first time, you’re in luck! Regal is bringing Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood back as part of our 2020 Best Picture Film Festival.
The Academy Award® for Best Picture is considered the most prestigious honor awarded during the ceremony. The award is presented to the producers of the movie, and it is the only category in which every member of the Academy is eligible to submit a nomination and vote on the final ballot.
David Heyman has previously been nominated for three Oscars®, all as a producer in this category, while Shannon McIntosh receives her first Oscar® nomination. Including her most recent work on Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, McIntosh has served as a producer on Tarantino’s last three movies.
Renowned filmmaker Quentin Tarantino receives his eighth Oscar® nomination and first as a producer in the category for Best Picture, despite the fact three of his previous movies have been nominated for the award. Tarantino looks to add this Oscar® to his previous two wins, both for Best Original Screenplays.
Officially known as the Academy Award® of Merit for Directing, this award honors the achievements of a movie director who has exhibited outstanding directing in the film industry. The award has been giving annually since its inception at the 1st Academy Awards® in 1929 and is closely tied with the Best Picture category. In fact, of the 91 movies awarded the Best Picture, 65 have also been awarded Best Director.
Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to this award, with this year’s nomination marking his third in the category (Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds). However, Tarantino is looking to capture his first win for Best Director, an honor that has eluded the great filmmaker since he burst onto the scene in the early 1990s.
The Academy Award® for Best Actor honors the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Initially, all of an actor’s work during the qualifying period was listed (in some cases, in as many as three movies), but since 1931, actors are nominated for a specific performance in a single movie. Traditionally, the award is presented by the previous year’s Best Actress winner.
Leonardo DiCaprio receives his seventh total Oscar® nomination and fifth for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The Hollywood legend previously co-starred in Tarantino’s Django: Unchained (2012). DiCaprio seeks to win his second Oscar® after finally took home the elusive Best Actor award in 2016 for his performance as Hugh Glass in The Revenant (2015).
The Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actor honors the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role and has been given annually since its inception in 1936 at the 9th Academy Awards®. Traditionally, the award is presented by the previous year’s Best Supporting Actress winner.
Brad Pitt receives his seventh total Oscar® nomination and second for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, his first coming in 1996 for his role in Twelve Monkeys. The acting icon previously starred in Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009) in addition to True Romance (1993), a screenplay which Tarantino penned. Although winning an Oscar® as a producer for the 2014 Best Picture, 12 Years a Slave, Pitt is seeking his first win for an acting performance.
The Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay is awarded to the writer(s) of the best screenplay not based upon previously published material. It became the third writing award, alongside the Academy Award® for Best Story and Best Screenplay (later changed to Best Adapted Screenplay), upon its inception in 1940 at the 13th Academy Awards®. In 1957, Best Original Screenplay and Best Story were combined to honor only the screenplay.
Together with Best Picture and Best Director, this marks Quentin Tarantino’s third nomination for work on Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. His two Oscar® wins have come in this category, the first for Pulp Fiction (1994), shared with Roger Avary, and the second for Django Unchained (2012).
The Academy Award® for Best Cinematography is awarded annually to a cinematographer for work on one particular movie. Much like the acting categories, all of a nominee’s work in the qualifying period was listed until 1931. Separate awards for color and black-and-white cinematography were given from 1939 through 1967, with the exception of 1957, and since then, only two black-and-white movies have taken home the award.
A master of cinematography and frequent Tarantino collaborator, Robert Richardson receives his tenth Oscar® nomination. He looks to add to his three previous wins for JFK (1991), The Aviator (2004), and Hugo (2011).
The Academy Award® for Best Costume Design was first given in 1949 at the 21st Academy Awards®. The category had two subcategories, one for black-and-white and one for color movies, from 1948 through 1966, excluding 1957 and 1958. To be eligible for the award, a movie’s costumes must have been “conceived” by a costume designer, among a series of other criteria.
This is Arianne Phillips’ third nomination for Costume Design, the first two coming for Walk the Line (2005) and W.E. (2011).
The Academy Award® for Best Production Design honors achievement for art direction in a movie, combining the work of production designers and set decorators. Previously Best Art Direction, this category’s name was changed in 2012 for the 85th Academy Awards® as a result of the Art Director’s branch of the Academy being renamed the Designer’s branch. Since 1947, the award has been shared with set decorators, honoring the best interior design in a movie.
Production designer Barbara Ling receives her first Oscar® nomination alongside sec decorator Nancy Haigh, who receives her eighth nomination. Haigh previously took home the Oscar® for Best Art Direction—Set Decoration with Dennis Gassner for their work in Bugsy (1991), the same year they were also nominated for Barton Fink (1991).
The Academy Award® for Sound Mixing honors the finest or most euphonic sound mixing or recording and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of a movie. The award has been given annually since its inception in 1930 at the 3rd Academy Awards®.
Past Tarantino collaborator Michael Minkler receives his 12th nomination. He looks to add to his three wins, including back-to-back wins for Best Sound for Black Hawk Down (2001), shared with Myron Nettinga and Chris Munro, and Chicago (2002), shared with Dominick Tavella and David Lee. This year, Minkler is joined in this nomination by his son, Christian P. Minkler, in his first Oscar® nomination. The 1998 Oscar® winner for Best Sound, Mark Ulano, also joins in what is his fourth nomination. His 1998 win for Titanic was shared with Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, and Gary Summers. Ulano is another frequent collaborator on Tarantino movies.
The Academy Award® for Best Sound Editing honors the finest or most aesthetic sound design or sound editing, the creation of sound effects such as foley. The supervising sound editors of a movie receive the award, sometimes accompanied by the sound designers.
Wylie Stateman receives his ninth nomination and looks to take home his first win. Stateman has worked on every Quentin Tarantino movie since Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).