Director Christopher Nolan puts his handprints in cement during a hand and footprint ceremony in the forecourt of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California July 7, 2012. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (Photo : Director Christopher Nolan put)
With one week to go before the release of "The Dark Knight Rises", speculation on whether Christopher Nolan will be nominated for an Oscar has already begun.
In a recent interview Christopher Nolan spoke about his chances of winning an Oscar for his latest film "The Dark Knight Rises." The last installment "The Dark Knight" won two Oscars in 2009 including a posthumous Oscar for Heath Ledger in the role of the Joker. Nolan's his last film "Inception" was nominated for 8 including best Picture. That film went home with 4 academy awards. However Christopher Nolan has never been nominated for the best director.
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When asked about the Oscars, Nolan responded, "This is how I honestly feel: I've been nominated for an Oscar three times. My films have had more than 20 nominations. The Academy has honored my films in spectacular fashion, and I couldn't be happier."
He added, "You don't take on Batman as a character because you think you'll win a prize. That's absurd. We want this to be the most exciting, emotionally engaging, and enjoyable blockbuster an audience can see this summer. I'm happy with it. It's the film I wanted to make. I look at what everyone has done, and I think they've done a good job."
He also added that Oscars did not owe him anything and stated that while it would be terrific to win one "at the end of the day, they owe Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock a lot more than me, you know what I mean?" The reference of course is to the fact that the Academy never awarded either master for any of their classic films.
Some of the cast members also commented on the film's Oscar chances. Anne Hathaway stated that "I'm not saying this as a cast member. I'm saying this as a member of the academy. So far, it's the best film I've seen all year," and "He's transcended the genre now. I think he's shown that a comic-book movie can actually be epic, extraordinary cinema."
Joseph Gordon-Levitt also commented on Nolan's work stating, "[he] takes it seriously and he treats the characters like human beings, not as caricatures, and he treats the world as a real place," and "he walks that line of delivering you a spectacle but not talking down to you."
With a cast that includes 4 Oscar winners in Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Marion Cotillard as well as two Oscar Nominees in Gary Oldman and Anne Hathaway, the film can already count on their votes when Oscar season comes up.
In 2009 the Academy Awards changed their rules after a controversially nominating Stephen Daldry's "The Reader" instead of audience favorite "The Dark Knight". The result was lower ratings for the broadcast. As a result, the Academy decided to expand the category of the Best Picture to 10 films instead of 5 the following year.
Of Nolan's six films, five have been nominated for Oscars giving his films a total of 21 nominations and 6 wins including Heath Ledger's Best Supporting Actor. Nolan has been nominated for three including Producer and writer but has never received recognition for direction.
"The Dark Knight Rises" tells the story of Batman eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face's crimes in "The Dark Knight." In the film a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. The film opens July 20th.