Quentin Tarantino has spent his career turning his name into a film genre all its own, and it's that distinctive, edgy style that won him his first and to-date only Oscar for 1994's Pulp Fiction, arguably Tarantino's most iconic work thus far.
The crime film, which was both a success commercially and critically, also featured big name stars like John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Uma Thurman, all of whom were nominated for their performances. But while it received seven nominations, and would go on to be regarded as one of the most culturally significant films of all time, Pulp Fiction only won one award that night, for Best Original Screenplay.
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Before the ceremony, ET caught up with Tarantino on the red carpet, where he took the time to gracefully accept ET's unofficial title "Best Shades of the Night."
"I'll try to live up to that honor. Thank you very much," said Tarantino, adding "Jack Nicholson hasn't shown up yet I guess." The young writer, producer, and director then took the time to wave to cheering fans.
Even then, a younger Tarantino displayed the joyful, larger-than-life attitude that continues to embody the movies he makes.
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