Award season is just around the corner and as expected Warner Brothers is launching a strong “For Your Consideration” campaign for The Dark Knight Rises. The studio is pushing for a whopping 16 nominations, including all of “the big five,” best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay. How many of those nominations it will actually grab is a strong subject of debate.
The best picture nomination snub for The Dark Knight back in ’08 had people in an uproar, and is likely why the category was expanded from five to as many as ten. This opened the door for films which would have otherwise been overlooked by the Academy.
This doesn’t mean, however, that The Dark Knight Rises is a lock for a best picture nomination. The Dark Knight Rises was not nearly as well critically received as its predecessor. The Dark Knight Rises will also have a lot more competition than films in recent years. 2012 has been a great year for film, and it’s not inconceivable for Rises to be left out with so many other impressive films coming out this year.
Other categories that only have five entries are even tougher. Christian Bale didn’t get a nomination the last two times he played Batman, and it’s not likely he’ll get one now. The road to best director is perhaps the toughest, with directors including Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Zemeckis, Ben Affleck, Wes Anderson and Ang Lee, and plenty of others all in contention. However the film is likely to grab a lot of technical awards, Nolan’s last film, Inception, was nominated for eight Oscars and won four.
The Dark Knight Rises is due out on DVD and Blu-ray on December 4th and the nominations will be announced on January 10th.