As expected, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained was named among the films nominated for Oscars earlier today.
The film grabbed five nominations including the coveted Best Picture nod.
Christoph Waltz, who plays the character Dr. King Shultz who teams with Django to rescue his wife, was recognized in the Best Supporting Actor category. Waltz was the only cast member nominated, while the film also earned a spot on the Best Original screenplay list.
Noticeably absent from the nomination pool was the film's other stars, including Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, and Leonardo DiCaprio, the latter two of which received mostly rave reviews for their performances.
Additionally, Tarantino was not named in the Best Director category.
Since its release last month Django has earned over $100 million, as it moves closer to becoming Tarantino's highest-grossing film.
In addition to the praise there has been lots of controversy surrounding Django and the slave-turned-bounty-hunter premise. The release of “action figures” depicting each of the film's main characters has also raised eyebrows.
Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network have announced a boycott of the figurines which sell for more than $200 online. “Selling this doll is highly offensive to our ancestors and the African American community,” said NAC president, Rev. K.W. Tullos. “The movie is for adults, but these are action figures that appeal to children. We don't want other individuals to utilize them for their entertainment, to make a mockery of slavery.”
Spike Lee has also spoken out against Django calling it “disrespectful.”
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Photo: Columbia Pictures