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January 10, 2011

Christopher Nolan is no lock for Oscar nomination

Posted in: Movies

Steven Zeitchik weighs in on Christopher Nolan’s  chances in the Oscars race following his Director’s Guild nomination. Here’s an excerpt…

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Christopher Nolan at BAFTA Awards (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The DGA is about an accurate a predictor of the best director category at the Academy Awards as you can get: It’s foretold at least four of the five Oscar nominees in all but two of the past 12 years.  That would seem like great news for those hoping to see “Inception” get some attention in front of the approximately 40 million U.S. television viewers (and many more around the world) at the end of February. To date, Christopher Nolan’s movies have been nominated mostly in technical categories, and he was nominated once as a screenwriter (for “Memento“), but he has never landed a prized best-director slot, a source of irritation for his many fans. This year, the DGA nomination suggests, could be different.

One of the rare Oscar names the DGA has not predicted in the past has been … Christopher Nolan. It happened on two occasions. The director was nominated by the DGA for both “The Dark Knight” and “Memento.” But when it came time for the Oscars, the academy decided to use that slot for someone else.  As an original work with its own mythology, “Inception” could stand a better shot with some Oscar voters than the superhero-based “Dark Knight.” But the DGAs alone might not predict that…


— Steven Zeitchik


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