Nolan for Best Director?

Posted by · 4:53 pm · July 7th, 2008

Christopher Nolan and Aaron Eckhart on the set of The Dark KnightAlways willing to be a bit brazen with his predictions (I like that), Nathaniel Rogers is busy updating his picks over at The Film Experience.  My favorite left-field notion is his choice of Christopher Nolan in the lone director slot for “The Dark Knight,” naturally.

I had the same idea in mind three years ago, right up until the day before the nominations, even.  I caught some email flack for thumping the fanboy drum in the process, but it really felt like a possibility.  Well, I’ve learned my lesson (somewhat) and haven’t bothered bringing it up this year, despite a nagging feeling that this critically acclaimed effort could indeed surprise us along these lines in January.

But let’s just say I’m glad Nat’s here to help carry the burden this time around.  As he shrewdly notes, “This isn’t as far-fetched as it sounds.”

Elsewhere, Rogers is hanging onto his “Miracle at St. Anna” forecast in the Best Picture arena, allowing “Australia” to join the party, while he finally finds some room for a little “Revolutionary Road” love in the lead actor and actress categories.

Read his expanded thoughts here.  The updates are on-going this week.

And while I’m busy tossing up pics from the set of “The Dark Knight” — I’ve always loved this shot:

Director Christopher Nolan (hands folded leaning on rail) watches as Christian Bale prepares for a scene in The Dark Knight

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  • 1 7-07-2008 at 8:01 pm

    Jon said...

    i’d be ecstatic regarding a director’s nomination for Mr. Nolan, i’d be content with another screenplay nom, either way.

  • 2 7-08-2008 at 12:19 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Only if there’s a lack of real good movies. Then maybe, but I feel Mike Leigh is more prone to take such a lone director slot.

  • 3 7-08-2008 at 12:38 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Happy-Go-Lucky isn’t the drama of Vera Drake. I sincerely doubt he’d get there.

  • 4 7-08-2008 at 10:54 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    At first view I have doubt to considerate Nolan a dark horse to Best Director spot, but after reading the reviews and the limbo of another contenders (Soderbergh and kaufman) is possible that Nolan could get that nomination. These are my facts:

    *Ratings: If the AMPAS wants bigger ratings is possible that “The Dark Knight” could have many nominations. Beside Batman and Iron Man, I think Nolan has stronger changes, because is more drama and thriller, not a lightening film like Iron Man (It’s a good but not great film)
    *1992: We have a precedent, a thriller about a serial killer and an animated film were two of the five Best Picture Nominees and the thriller (Which release was in February) actually won five Oscars… “The Silence of the Lambs”
    *Critics love…

  • 5 7-09-2008 at 6:59 am

    Blake said...

    Not being a blogger, I can’t say to everyone that “I called it first” but I threw Christopher Nolan into the lone director slot for my May predictions, so Nate isn’t alone there. It was only after realizing that I was nominating The Dark Knight for 7 other awards that I asked myself, “How could they nominate this in so many categories and leave out the auteur of the film altogether?” Call me crazy, but considering how weak this year has been for American cinema, and considering the academy’s newfound love for crime dramas, I wouldn’t be surprised if this made it into Best Picture! This is a big if, but IF the steak eaters and other academy members love this film like I think everyone else will, I think they would just love to pat themselves on the back for going out there to nominate a superhero movie.

  • 6 7-09-2008 at 3:23 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    A screenwriting nod would do all of those things together IMO. It’s Nolan anyhow. Box Office will be a major factor too.
    But I fear it is all just crazy summer boredom talk. I mean it’s like Wall-E suddenly got abducted or something.