Listening to directors talk about their personal favorite films of any given year is almost always fascinating, especially when that director is as loquacious and opinionated as Quentin Tarantino. Surprisingly, we haven’t actually heard The Hateful Eight director talk about his year end picks since October of 2013. It’s no surprise to learn that Mad Max: Fury Road was his favorite film of 2015 (wasn’t it everyone’s?), but much like in 2013 when he cited The Lone Ranger as one of the year’s best, his 2015 list also features a film that you’re unlikely to find on anyone else’s top picks.

In a recent interview with Metro, Tarantino was asked to comment on the lack of female directors given top directing gigs in Hollywood. Tarantino answered the question with one of his trademark rambles while also highlighting a film most people have probably long forgotten about as one of his favorites of 2015:

“It does seem to be to some degree there’s a boom or bust aspect when it comes to Hollywood when it comes to female directors. There becomes an era when there’s a lot working then that settles down and there’s a dry period—but frankly, maybe I’m just talking shit because the thing is there are female directors. Maybe they’re not being the ones that are being asked to be on TheHollywood Reporter roundtable. One of my favorite movies this last year was Nancy Meyers’ The Intern. They’re not considering that for the Oscars even though I think Robert De Niro gave one of the best performances this year in that movie. I thought the script was actually one of her best. Right up there with It’s Complicated. They’re not asking her to be part of the discussion.”

That’s right: sitting alongside Best Picture nominee Mad Max: Fury Road at the top of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite 2015 movies list is…The Intern. Contrarian to the end, that Tarantino. At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if his list also includes the likes of Fantastic Four or Mortdecai.

(via: AV Club)