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.
ShockTillYouDrop.com finally published their anticipated (at least by me) interview with producer Charles Roven today. Charles has been a producer on both of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, and will return again for The Dark Knight Rises, as well as Superman: Man Of Steel. Both films are due next year, summer 2012 and winter 2012 respectively, and yet still almost nothing is known about them. ShockTillYouDrop.com tried to solve that little problem by asking Mr. Roven to speak a little about the films:
We’re really excited to be doing another film with Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas. We’ve had great experiences working together. I just really enjoy making those films and being there to help Chris try and realize this amazing vision that he’s had for his Batman series. I’m also really thrilled that I was invited into the Superman process as well. It’s going to be interesting. Those are two really big films and they both have an exciting and eager fanbase that’s waiting. I’ve been a huge fan of Zack Snyder’s since, really, Dawn of the Dead and had a great meeting with him that resulted in us working together. Chris and Emma are also producing that film with me as is Deborah Snyder. So we’re having a really great time working on both this films right now.
Wondering if a similar team working on both films meant that the two worlds could be connected, ShockTillYouDrop.com asked about the possibility of a cohesive DC Universe. “No. That may be in somebody’s mind but right now the Batman lives in his world and the Superman lives in his world,” said Mr. Roven. They also asked about Christopher’s reputation for having a strong single-movie focus and how that is going to work with both of these massive films coming out in the same year, but I owe it to ShockTillYouDrop.com to send you their way to get the answer. Don’t worry, it’s worth-while to read the full interview.
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.