Today, Paramount premiered the first full trailer for “Interstellar,” Christopher Nolan‘s first film since 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” and his first since 2010’s “Inception” not to involve caped crusaders. The film, which opens November 7, involves a father (Matthew McConaughey) who embarks on a space mission to save mankind. But will Nolan’s latest sci-fi film have any more luck at the Oscars than his earlier efforts?
Nolan’s films have had some success with the academy. His breakthrough, “Memento” (2001), earned him and his brother Jonathan Nolan an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay, which they lost to Julian Fellowes for “Gosford Park.” Nolan’s later films “Batman Begins” (2005) and “The Prestige” (2006) earned bids in craft categories.
Then “The Dark Knight” (2008) made a big impact, earning eight nominations and two wins, including a posthumous Supporting Actor award for Heath Ledger, but despite massive box office and critical acclaim, it failed to make the cut for Best Picture or Best Director. Its snub is believed to be one of the reasons for the academy’s expansion of the Best Picture category to 10 nominees the following year.
Nolan’s “Inception” did make the cut for Best Picture two years later, and Nolan was nominated for producing and screenwriting, but despite four wins in below-the-line categories, Nolan himself was out of luck.
Science fiction has always been a tough sell at the Oscars, though there have been occasional glimmers of hope. “Star Wars” won six in 1977, along with a special achievement award for sound editing. And just last year, “Gravity” nearly swept the awards, taking Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron) along with six other craft categories.
“Interstellar” certainly has the right pedigree for an Oscar-nominee. Along with three-time Nolan at the helm and recent Best Actor winner McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“) in the lead role, the cast also includes Oscar-winners Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Ellen Burstyn, plus Oscar-nominees Jessica Chastain and John Lithgow.
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