Actor Dan Aykroyd is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and that means he gets to vote for what he thinks are the best movies of a given year. Now, the Ghostbusters writer and star has revealed which movie he plans to nominate for Best Picture this year.
Appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience, Aykroyd said he plans to vote for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood for overall Best Picture, at least based on what he’s seen so far.
“This is going to win Best Picture. I’m a member of the Academy. I can tell you right now, and I’m going to get in trouble for this; that’s my vote for Best Picture right now. How great are those two guys in that film? How great was that cast? Just superb filmmaking.”
Speaking about the two leads, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, Aykroyd said they are “masters.”
“I love to watch them work,” he said.
The Oscar nominations for 2019 will be announced in January 2020 before the awards broadcast takes place in February.
If Once Upon A Time In Hollywood wins the Best Picture Oscar, it will be Tarantino’s third Academy Award. He previously won writing awards for Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction. None of his movies have ever won Best Picture.
Pitt told Entertainment Weekly that he doesn’t plan to campaign himself for an acting Oscar this year, despite turning in some of his most acclaimed performances ever with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Ad Astra. “Oh, man. I’m gonna abstain,” he said. “I mean, you never know, and it’s really nice when your number comes up. But the goal is for the film to land, to speak to someone whether it’s now or a decade from now. I find chasing it actually a disservice to the purity of your telling a story, and a shackling thing to focus on.”