Steven Spielberg Predicted an Entire Oscar Winning Lineup While Hunting Ducks With Quentin Tarantino

Steven Spielberg once invited Quentin Tarantino for duck hunting right after the success of 'Pulp Fiction.'

Steven Spielberg Predicted an Entire Oscar Winning Lineup While Hunting Ducks With Quentin Tarantino


  • Steven Spielberg once invited Quentin Tarantino for duck hunting with Bob Zemeckis and John Milius.
  • Spielberg told Tarantino that he was not going to win the best picture and best director Oscar.
  • But with certainty Spielberg said that Tarantino will take home the Oscar for best original screenplay.
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Steven Spielberg is a legendary filmmaker in Hollywood with an astonishing career spanning several decades. Many directors look up to him for his rich resume and he is certainly one of Hollywood’s gentlemen. 

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg. Credit: Gage Skidmore

Quentin Tarantino had several encounters with the veteran but one in his early career is perhaps, the most memorable for the Pulp Fiction director. Around ’94 or ’95, Tarantino had one amazing encounter with Spielberg where the veteran director predicted the upcoming Oscar winners.

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Quentin Tarantino Went to Duck Hunting With Steven Spielberg

Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino. Credit: Slackerwood/Fickr

Quentin Tarantino has been a good friend of Steven Spielberg for years. Appearing on The Howard Stern Show, The Kill Bill director revealed that “every like three or four years we get together I’ll go over to his house or we’ll go out and and and have dinner and then we just talk for hours and hours and hours on.” Adding further Tarantino said he went duck hunting with Spielberg. 

“I guess it was ’95 because the Oscars were coming up and Stephen called me up and goes hey Quentin how would you like to go duck hunting with me and Bob Zemeckis and John Milius. All right the f*ck yeah, I would love to do that. I’d never been duck hunting before uh uh um but part of Steven’s idea was one I mean I was this the new kid in town and they were all really impressed with Pulp Fiction,” Tarantino said.

Of course, Tarantino has made his mark in the industry with Pulp Fiction, many critics argue that it was one of the most original movies ever written. Written and directed by Tarantino, the movie was in buzz after collecting $213.9 million at the box office with just a budget of $8.5 million.

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Steven Spielberg Predicted Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar Winning Stake

Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg
Quentin Tarantino and Steven Spielberg. Credit: Gage Skidmore

Spielberg has been in the industry for a long time and he can predict any Oscar-winning stake at ease but for Tarantino, it was a little shocker as it was quite real. But before that, Tarantino added, Stephen wanted to do is “Look you and Bob Zemeckis are going to be in competition the whole rest of this year with Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction,” Tarantino told Howard Stern. So before that competition starts “maybe it would be nice that we all go off and do something together so we just kind of keep in mind that you know uh uh we’re all artists and we’re all friendly.”

“That day said something that I hadn’t heard anybody say it quite that way before and made everything seem a little realer. I knew that when it came to the Oscars for best original screenplay that I was, uh you know, we were probably, um, the most likely ones to win for Pulp Fiction at that time. Spielberg, he Prides himself on understanding the business and so he’s talking to me very pragmatically so we’re walking through a forest or something and he’s just you know he’s right in front of me now I’m falling behind him and he’s like so here’s what’s going to happen at the Oscars and we haven’t even been nominated yet. Okay, it’s just gonna happen so here’s what’s going to happen at the Oscars. I don’t think you’re going to win the Oscar.”

Quite blunt for Tarantino at the time but he went on to add,  I think it’s going to be, uh, Bob who’s going to win best picture and I think it’s going to be Bob who’s going to win uh best director, in fact, I’m pretty sure of it,” he added. But he had something for Tarantino as well, “I do think you will win uh best original screenplay and then he stopped and then turned around and looked at me and goes second movie, little gold man, not too bad.” Spielberg’s prediction was correct Robert Zemeckis won the Best Director and his Forrest Gump took home the Best Picture award while Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary won the Oscar for Best Original  Screenplay.

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