Cult film-maker Quentin Tarantino has said he thinks cutting his movie Kill Bill into two parts may have undermined its chances of Oscar success.
Tarantino shot to fame with Reservoir Dogs in 1992
"I think we would have gotten considerably more awards play if the film had been one big, giant epic," said the US director.
Kill Bill: Volume 1 did not receive any Oscar nominations last year.
"I'm still hoping we're going to do good at the Oscars this year for Kill Bill: Volume 2," Tarantino added.
Despite his reservations, Tarantino said there was no other way he could have made the films.
"If I tried to turn it into a three-hour or two-and-a-half-hour movie, all the scenes that would go would be scenes I think give the movie its weight, its
resonance," he said.
Scenes such as the graphic anime sequence and Thurman's training with a martial arts master would have been cut.
"If I truly, truly believed the film would have had more impact shorter, I would have done it that way," Tarantino said.
Yet he still hopes to have Volume 1 and Volume 2 playing as one long film in cinemas later this year for a limited period, in the run-up to the Oscars.
Thurman first worked with Tarantino in 1994 film Pulp Fiction
Both films have made a total of $136m (£74.4m) so far in the US through cinema, video and TV revenue.
The movies follow Thurman, who plays a former assassin called the Bride, on a revenge mission.
Tarantino said he would consider doing a sequel to the two-parter in about 15 years time, when the Bride's daughter is 20 years old.
Thurman stars alongside David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah and Vivica A Fox in the films.
The films, released in October 2003 and April 2004, were Tarantino's first since Jackie Brown in 1997.
His next project, titled Inglorious Bastards, is a World War II epic, due for release in 2006.