Quentin Tarantino wanted people to talk about Django Unchained

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Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, this Western drama is set in the Deep South and follows Django (Jamie Foxx), a freed slave who treks across America with Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German dentist turned bounty hunter. Together, they try to retrieve Django's wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) from the charming but sadistic Francophile plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his band of ruthless slavers.
February 25th, 2013

Quentin Tarantino wanted people to talk about 'Django Unchained'.

The 49-year-old director took home the Best Original Screenplay prize for his controversial film at the 2013 Academy Awards last night (24.02.13) and revealed how glad he is to have started a topical ''conversation'' surrounding the nature of the movie.

Speaking backstage at Hollywood's Dolby Theater, Quentin explained to Deadline.com: ''I wanted to start a conversation about slavery and America's role in it ...

''Even the people who criticized [the film] helped to start a kind of back and forth. And that back and forth is what I really wanted at the end of the day, and I hope it continues the next few years.''

Quentin also shared his respect for other films nominated at this year's awards and believes the ''spirit'' reflects that of previous decades.

He continued: ''I've been doing a lot of studying of films from the late 1960s and early '70s, which was the beginning of the New Hollywood.

''I have to say, [this year] I recognized that same spirit. Nothing about the subject of all of them is necessarily commercial or popular, but they have been.''

Christopher Waltz, who won Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'Django Unchained', also expressed his admiration for the ''deep message'' evoked from Quentin's film.

He said: ''I love this movie not for being the highest grossing one. I love this movie because it's a fabulous exciting piece of entertainment with a really deep message. I'm glad that it's popular, but the money - sorry, I do something else.''