Year Released: 2012
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Inspired by the Spaghetti-Western genre, Tarantino decided to address slavery in Django Unchained. The film begins in Texas where German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, who is played by Christoph Waltz, acquires Jamie Foxx’s titular character Django. Django becomes Dr. Schultz’s apprentice and together they collect bounties, find Django’s estranged wife and confronts excessively cruel owner of the Candyland plantation, which is owned by Calvin Candie played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
The movie racked in numerous nominations including five Academy Awards. Tarantino won an Academy Award, BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his original screenplay.