This past weekend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences presented this year’s Scientific & Technical Awards, aka the Sci-Tech Awards. At the ceremony, director Christopher Nolan accepted the Merit Award on behalf of film lab technicians who have built and operated film laboratories for the last 100 years. Check out the full speech above.
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.
As part of their Filmmakers Meet 500 Years of British Art series, Tate recently published a video of Christopher Nolan speaking about how British artist Francis Bacon has inspired his work. Bacon was a 20th-century figurative painter known for his graphic, abstract, and raw style. His art has been deeply influential, and highly prized; his work just recently setting the record for the most expensive piece of art ever auctioned at $142,405,000. How his work has influenced Christopher Nolan becomes more obvious when you look at Heath Legder’s portrayal of the Joker, but it doesn’t end there. Watch the video below to hear Christopher Nolan reveal his admiration of Bacon’s art.