I think most people only see it as a remake of a movie that was already there. I havent seen the original from 1997, but I think Nolans version was pretty good. Not his best, but also not the weakest.
Christopher Nolan isn´t the director the academy need, but he is the one the world deserves right now. And so they´ll ignore him, but he can take it. Because he is not an oscar winner. He is a silent moviemaker, a watchful screenwriter, A GREAT DIRECTOR.