The Hollywood Reporter reports that Oscar winning writer/director Quentin Tarantino will receive the Hollywood Screenwriter Award for the screenplay of his upcoming film Django Unchained. The director will take home the statue at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards, when the ceremony is held October 22nd at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.
The Hollywood Film Festival founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu, along with the help of an advisory team, determine the winners based on work released within the calendar year, as well as recognizing individuals for career achievements. De Abreu told THR: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate Quentin for his unique and exceptional creative vision.”
Past winners include John Patrick Shanley, who won in 2008 for his play turned movie Doubt, and current Newsroom scribe Aaron Sorkin, who won for his hit The Social Network in 2010.
Although it won’t be opening until Christmas Day, Django Unchained is already a favourite for the Oscars, and is personally one of my most anticipated films of the year. Its had many actors depart throughout its production, but knowing Tarantino, this is still going to be one heck of a film.
Quentin shared the Oscar in 1994 with Roger Avary for Best Original Screenplay, but has yet to win one for Best Picture or Best Director. Here’s hoping that 2013 is his year.