The buzzword at Sydney's The Hateful Eight premiere on Wednesday night was Oscars, with Quentin Tarantino saying he thinks he has a "good chance" of seizing his third Academy Award.
Tarantino: 'it's my best script'
Tarantino says he is hoping for Oscar nods for more than just his screenplay at the Australian premiere of The Hateful Eight. Vision: AAP.
The writer-director appeared on the black carpet at Event Cinemas on George Street alongside the film's stars Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell.
He said he was feeling positive about scoring another best screenplay Oscar to add to his collection alongside his awards in the same category for Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained.
Tarantino said the female lead Jennifer Jason Leigh should take the gong for Best Supporting Actress while Ennio Morricone deserves another award, after he already took best original score at this week's Golden Globes.
But he added: "I hope [I win], but I don't expect it."
Although Tarantino has also been nominated in the past for his directing skills, he believes there is only one Academy Award category in which he might triumph this year.
"For me, it would be screenplay again."
Tarantino said he believes the film, set in the years after the US Civil War, will stand the test of time.
"It's hard to tell about stuff like that but I actually think this is my best script.
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"And 20 years from now it'll be one of the top four people are talking about."
Ahead of Thursday's Oscar nominations announcement, Jackson and Russell weren't quite as bold as Tarantino in their predictions.
"I haven't been nominated for anything else this year, so no," said Jackson. "Every award show has been announced and the only one left is the Oscars, my name has not been called one f---ing time, I don't expect it to be called on Thursday."
He added being one of the highest grossing actors in US movie history "has nothing to do with winning".
"It is not about money," he added. "If they based it on movies that make money the majority of those movies would not be nominated."
The Hateful Eight is the seventh of Tarantino's films to include Jackson in its all-star cast and the actor says it's his new favourite.
"It's always the last one, because the memory is fresh (and) it's great to be at a premiere with people that are going to see it for the first time and experience it."
Just halfway through the red carpet event with fans and media Jackson exclaimed he was "tired of talking".
He also had a familiar message for photographers calling his name: "Shut up motherf---ers, keep your eye on the camera and your mouth closed".
Kurt Russell had a similar sentiment to Mr Jackson, but was less colourful.
"Honestly, I just love the process of going to work and being on the set, awards are in a world by themselves and it is a whole publicity animal that I don't take part in, so I don't worry about it."
Appearing in a Tarantino film is an opportunity Russell says he'd never say no to.
"Any time you get a chance to work with Quentin it's really fun and this one was with Sam and the gang so it was very special," he said.
"I think it's some of his best writing," he said.
"A lot of people have referred to it as his masterpiece and the writing in it, the rhythm and his dialogue, I think that's probably what I take away as the chorus line."
Russell, who denied the latest round of rumours that he had married long-time partner Goldie Hawn, said he had never played a character like the one he plays in The Hateful Eight.
"I do like the opportunity to play and kind of create memorable characters and through the years I've had that opportunity and then this one was another one," he said.
"The minute you see him you're never going to forget who he is and it's important in the movie itself you feel that way about him."
Tarantino is still toying with the idea of writing the film for the stage after he revealed that producer Harvey Weinstein originally wanted him to make The Hateful Eight into a play rather than a film.
"It's not for sure at all, I have to get through this whole process, I was just speculating that it could happen," he said.
While Russell is more hopeful that it will be made into a theatre production and eager to take part.
"It is something that I would really try to make happen," Russell said. "I think that would be an incredible experience with this group of people and with Quentin. I know it's never been done before when they take an original cast from the movie and put it on the stage, so that would be a fun thing to do."
Jackson and Russell both said they have already had "conversations" about starring in the stage version, while Jackson would hope to see it travelling from country-to-country.
"I would hope we could do it in the West End for a while and in Broadway for a limited run and then see what happens," he said.
– with AAP
The Hateful Eight is out on January 14 at limited 70mm locations, followed by a wide digital release on January 21.