Director Quentin Tarantino is upset his "Django Unchained" star Leonardo DiCaprio missed out on a nomination for the 2013 Academy Awards.
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The filmmaker's acclaimed Western is up for trophies in five categories, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, but Tarantino admits he was surprised DiCaprio was overlooked for a top acting nod. He tells Britain's Daily Express newspaper, "It's pretty cool, I'm still taking it in. We spent a lot of money on the movie so we hoped it would do well. "It was a pretty good week: five BAFTA nominations... four Oscar noms ... it was lovely. I'm sorry Leo didn't get nominated."
Although Tarantino was snubbed in the Best Director category, he was more surprised fellow filmmaker Ben Affleck wasn't recognised for his acclaimed thriller "Argo."
"I feel sorry for Ben Affleck," Tarantino says. "He really deserved it and I think everybody thought he was going to get it so I'm disappointed for him."
"Django Unchained" also picked up nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz), as well as Cinematography and Sound Editing mentions.
Why is it that when someone does not get a NOD for one award or another they say he/she was snubbed? It is something that is ( like most commodities) more often than not bought an sold, and voted on by a panel of so called experts. I have more faith in the people's choice awards which is something that at least the ticket buying public has a say on ( or so they say ). The Oscars have been 'in the fix' for decades. I doubt that THAT will ever change.