6:00am PT by Scott Feinberg
Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' Screenplay (Exclusive)
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Quentin Tarantino, the iconic Oscar-winning scribe of Pulp Fiction (1994) who is in Oscar contention again this year for the Civil War-era spaghetti Western Django Unchained, will receive the Hollywood Screenwriter Award at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards -- the first awards show of the 2012 Oscar season -- when its gala ceremony is held Oct. 22 at the Beverly Hilton.
The Hollywood Film Awards, which are determined by Hollywood Film Festival founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu and an advisory team, recognize individuals for career achievement and work released within the calendar year.
Previous recipients of the Hollywood Screenwriter Award include Robert Towne (2002), Ronald Bass (2003), John Logan (2004), Akiva Goldsman (2005), Eric Roth (2006), Christopher Hampton (2007), John Patrick Shanley (2008) and Aaron Sorkin (2010).
De Abreu tells THR, "We are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate Quentin for his unique and exceptional creative vision."
The Weinstein Co. will release Django nationwide on Dec. 25. The film, which Tarantino also directed, stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Jonah Hill, Don Johnson, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, Amber Tamblyn, Franco Nero, Misty Upham, Robert Carradine and Zoe Bell.
THR recently revealed the identities of several other films and people who will be honored at this year's Hollywood Film Awards, including the recipients of the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award, Hollywood Director Award, Hollywood Actress Award, Hollywood Supporting Actor Award, Hollywood Supporting Actress Award, Hollywood Producer Award, Hollywood Animation Award, Hollywood Comedy Award, New Hollywood Award, Hollywood Breakout Performance Award, Hollywood Cinematographer Award, Hollywood Editor Award, Hollywood Production Designer Award and Hollywood Visual Effects Award.
In the past nine years, Hollywood Film Awards honorees went on to garner a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars.