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Eight Oscar Nominations for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

When the nominations for the 90th Oscars were announced early Tuesday morning, Dunkirk received the second most, including nods for Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. The directing nomination is Christopher Nolan’s first in that category; he was previously nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Memento (2000) and Inception (2010). Emblematic of Nolan’s unwavering commitment to film, Dunkirk was shot on 15-perf IMAX and 5-perf 65mm and distributed on multiple formats including 35mm, 70mm, and 70mm IMAX. “Chris is a champion of film, so Dunkirk was always going to be a film project,” cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema explains in an interview in British Cinematographer, “I am very much with Chris that there is not yet any medium that reaches the depth and quality of film. So if you want to tell a story in a visual way – as a dramatic, close-up, immersive experience of what is in front of you on-set – film is still the No.1 choice.” Of the cinematographers contending for the Oscar this year, van Hoytema is the only one who worked on film.

Posted January 24, 2018.