2012 is going out with a bang (no Mayan apocalypse jokes now...), what with so many buzzed-about movies arriving this December. Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is just one of several titles looking to both clean up at the box office and rack up the sort of accolades that gives rise to awards nominations/wins over the next couple months (alongside such films as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Les Misérables).
Les Miz began generating serious Oscar talk over the Thanksgiving holiday and opens the same day as Django - though, the films aren't otherwise in competition, in terms of their target demographic. We will find out what the initial reception for Tarantino's 'Southern' is like soon enough; in the meantime, there are two new 60-second Django TV spots online to tide everyone over.
Django Unchained takes place in the Antebellum South, where an eccentric bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds) frees and joins forces with a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx, Dreamgirls) - under the promise that he will help the latter find and rescue his wife (Kerry Washington, Scandal), who has become the 'property' of a sadistic Mississippi plantation and brothel owner (Leonardo DiCaprio, Inception).
Samuel L. Jackson costars as a seasoned house slave, who is the brains behind the aforementioned slavery establishment - and does not take kindly to the oddball pair who show up, with the intention to 'steal' from him and his master. The rest of the supporting cast includes such character actors as Don Johnson (Easbound & Down), Walton Goggins and M.C. Gainey (Justified), as well as cameos from such recognizable faces as Amber Tamblyn (House, M.D.), Jonah Hill (Moneyball) and Franco Nero (the original Django).
Check out the second new Django Unchained TV spot below:
For the time being, Django Unchained is something of a dark horse candidate, when it comes to films that could conceivably end up being crowned Best Picture by the Academy this year (unlike such films as Lincoln and Life of Pi). However, DiCaprio seems a prime candidate to snag a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination (and maybe even a win) for what appears to be a very entertaining turn as the vile Calvin Candie.
After all, Waltz snagged his Academy Award for portraying a different, yet equally-colorful, villain imagined by Tarantino (in Inglourious Basterds). It certainly seems possible that history could repeat itself, with DiCaprio emerging victorious after his previous nod for his breakout performance in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (not to mention, nominations for his leading turns in The Aviator and J. Edgar). As always, though, best to wait and see...
Freedom rings when Django Unchained opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
Source: The Weinstein Company [via Indiewire]