Academy has ‘zero love’ for DKR

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REEL NEWS -

As you may re­call, many mem­bers of the “on­line film community” fell into hy­per-shock when, in 2008, The Dark Knight failed to re­ceive an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for best pic­ture. Ap­par­ently, this in­di­cated bias against some­thing or other. The sub­se­quent de­ci­sion to in­crease best-pic­ture nom­i­na­tions from five to 10 looked to have been driven by that small con­tro­versy. Well, it seems as if, come Jan­uary, Christo­pher Nolan’s fans may again be dis­ap­pointed. Last week­end, the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ence, the body that hands out the Os­cars, held a screening of The Dark Knight Rises for mem­bers. A story in the Hol­ly­wood Re­porter re­lates that the film was greeted with shrugs. “There was noth­ing re­mark­able about the act­ing,” one mem­ber said. “I don’t think it can be nom­i­nated as best pic­ture.”

Bret Eas­ton El­lis, the salty nov­el­ist, went fur­ther: “Not that it re­ally mat­ters, but there was zero love for The Dark Knight Rises at the packed academy screening in Los Angeles tonight.”

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