“There are 400,000 men trapped in one place on a beach — their backs to the sea, the enemy closing in all around them. It’s just a matter of time before they face surrender or annihilation,” says Christopher Nolan about his film “Dunkirk,” which just earned eight BAFTA nominations including Best Picture (watch the featurette above). “The fact that this story does not end in either surrender or annihilation is what makes it one of the greatest stories in human history, and one which I’ve been wanting to tell for quite some time.”
The story of the film “Dunkirk” may not end in annihilation or surrender either. Last fall it was the prohibitive favorite to win the Best Picture Oscar, but as other films like “Lady Bird,” “Get Out,” “The Post,” and “Three Billboards” have surged in the awards season the race has gotten a lot closer. “Dunkirk” didn’t win any awards at the Golden Globes on January 7, but then neither did “The Hurt Locker” (2009), which also lost all three of its Golden Globe nominations but also earned eight BAFTA nominations and went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. And “The Hurt Locker” also happened to be a critically acclaimed war movie released during the summer.
“Dunkirk” may have an advantage at the Oscars in that it’s a technically audacious spectacle likely to have a lot of support from the academy’s craft branches: cinematographers, editors, sound technicians, and effects artists. That helped films like “Life of Pi” (2012), “Gravity” (2013), and “The Revenant” (2015) rack up double-digit nominations and Oscar wins for Best Director, though they didn’t win Best Picture. When you combine that with the fact that Nolan has a big Oscars IOU (he’s never even been nominated for directing, even for Oscar winners “The Dark Knight” and “Inception”), surrender is not an option.
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