Controversy a Running Theme in Golden Globes Nominations
It's one of the most controversial movies of the year, with scenes of stomach-churning violence and shocking racist language.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as a slave trying to rescue his wife from a cruel plantation owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Django Unchained was nominated today for a Golden Globe for Best Drama, Quentin Tarantino for Best Director, and Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Supporting Actor.
As well as hard to watch portrayals of cruelties of slavery, the "N" word is used 109 times.
Jamie Foxx said, "That's the way things were back then."
The offensive language was the talk of the red carpet at the movie's premiere. Actor Don Johnson is in the movie. INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent asked, "When you had to use the "N" word, was it hard to do?"
"This is poetry. And it's about real life at that time. Everybody gets it," said Johnson.
Leonardo DiCaprio told Trent that he had reservations about using such inflammatory language.
"Nothing that we've done in the movie isn't documented in history. This is the way it was," said DiCaprio.
Famed director Quentin Tarantino told Trent why he feels justified in using that oh-so-offensive word oh-so many times.
"I try to use it in a creative way. But also, at the same time, it's just the parlance of the day. My job is to take modern Americans now and stick them in America during the antebellum South, during slavery times, and stick you there and make you deal with that," said Tarantino.
Another widely praised-movie, Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, gathered four Golden Globe nominations, including a Best Actress nod for Jessica Chastain. She plays a tenacious CIA agent, based on a real life undercover operative whose determination led directly to the discovery of bin Laden.
Chastain said, "I want to do her proud and this is the only way for her to really be acknowledged and to get credit for the sacrifice that she's made."
You might think that finding Osama bin Laden would be good for a CIA agent's career, but you would be wrong. The Washington Post reports that the CIA agent portrayed by Jessica Chastain in the movie was recently passed over for promotion and she's furious about it.
And she can't publicly complain that her story doesn't have a Hollywood ending. Her identity is still a closely guarded secret.