Established in 1995, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Modern Master Award was created to honor individuals who have enriched our culture through their multi-faceted accomplishments in the motion picture industry. For 2011, Christopher Nolan joins the illustrious group of past recipients including Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, and James Cameron. Although it was announced in October that he would be receiving the award for this year, it was last night in Santa Barbara that actor Leonardo DiCaprio presented the director the award.
Earlier this morning, the nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced and Inception received a total of 8 nominations. Unlike 2 years ago, Christopher Nolan’s producing, and writing, were recognized by the academy. However, he was snubbed (again) in the Best Achievement in Directing category. It’s not too much of a surprise that there weren’t any acting nominations for the cast of the film either. Most of the nominees announced this morning were fairly predictable, no other major surprises or snubs. Here are the categories Inception was recognized for:
- BEST PICTURE | Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas.
- BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | Christopher Nolan
- BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY | Wally Pfister
- BEST ORIGINAL SCORE | Hans Zimmer
- BEST ART DIRECTION | Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Douglas A. Mowat
- BEST SOUND MIXING | Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo, Ed Novick
- BEST SOUND EDITING | Richard King
- BEST VISUAL EFFECTS | Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin
Given the results of award shows like the Golden Globes and the PGA Awards, it seems things aren’t set in stone for any one film. What do you think Nolan and his collaborators on Inception have a shot at taking home on February 27th? Are there nominations not given that you would have like to seen? Share your thoughts below!
The two guilds announcing awards today, the Producers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, have each nominated Christopher Nolan’s Inception for their top prize. Inception is among ten nominees for the PGA’s Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and five nominees for the WGA’s Original Screenplay award, bolstering the likelihood it’ll nab similar Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay nominations for the 2011 Academy Awards. It is worth noting, however, that strong contenders for Original Screenplay Oscar (including The King’s Speech, Another Year, and Blue Valentine) were ineligible for the WGA’s Original Screenplay award this year.
PGA’s The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:
127 HOURS, Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson
BLACK SWAN, Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver
INCEPTION, Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
THE FIGHTER, Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Producers: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray
THE KING’S SPEECH, Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin
THE SOCIAL NETWORK, Producers: Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin
THE TOWN, Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Graham King
TOY STORY 3, Producer: Darla K. Anderson
TRUE GRIT, Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin
WGA’s Original Screenplay:
BLACK SWAN, Screenplay by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin; Story by Andres Heinz; Fox Searchlight
THE FIGHTER, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Paramount Pictures
INCEPTION, Written by Christopher Nolan; Warner Bros.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg; Focus Features
PLEASE GIVE, Written by Nicole Holofcener; Sony Pictures Classics
For those keeping score, Inception has so far received major nominations from two of the three guilds (the Screen Actors Guild only afforded Inception a Best Stunt Ensemble). The Directors Guild of America announces their five nominees on January 10, and the Editors Guild announces their nominations on January 14.