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Christopher Nolan to Be Honored with Founder’s Award at 20th Slamdance


The Hollywood Reporter recently announced that the Slamdance Film Festival, originally conceived as a sorta anti-Sundance, will be giving its first-ever Founder’s Award to Christopher Nolan this year. Now considered one of the most successful directors of all time, Nolan’s career practically started at Slamdance when he screened Following, his first feature film, at the 1999 festival.
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by Teddy Blass
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Christopher Nolan Accepts ‘Modern Master’ Award

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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.

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by Teddy Blass
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Inception Earns 8 Oscar Nominations, Nolan Snubbed Again

Inception and 83rd Annual Academy Awards

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 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!

by Teddy Blass
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