John Travolta is fiercely loyal to his friends -- and this year he's pulling for "old buddy" Quentin Tarantino to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

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Travolta, who starred in Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" in 1994, was outside Katsuya in Brentwood last night -- where he dissed "Avatar" and praised Quentin's "Inglourious Basterds" as his Academy Award favorite.

The awards are this Sunday.