'Hateful Eight' draws huge crowd at academy screening
Our applause meter is in the shop, so the science here is inexact. But judging by how many academy members showed up at the 1,000-seat Samuel L. Goldwyn Theater for screenings this weekend, Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight" would seem to have a leg up on its awards-season competitors.
About 800 people filled the Goldwyn on Sunday evening for the bladder-challenging, three-hour-plus road-show version of the movie, including the Ennio Morricone overture and 12-minute intermission. Tarantino and cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh added to the evening's length, participating in a post-screening Q&A. Academy members greeted them with a thunderous ovation.
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"It felt like an event," said a producer after the movie, "the kind of thing where you have to see it in a theater -- not streaming at home or on your phone. I think that's going to carry some weight with people, the idea that you have to give yourself over to this experience for three hours."
Another academy member offered a different take, calling said experience an "endurance test."
"Too violent, too indulgent and I didn't see the point of it all," she said. "Like, how many times do I need to see Jennifer Jason Leigh punched in the face? Two or three? Fine. Two or three dozen? No."