The Dark Knight ought to have been considered for the Best Picture Oscar, according to Steven Spielberg.
The Dark Knight, in Steven Spielberg’s opinion, is a significant blockbuster that deserved more praise when it was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars.
Steven Spielberg discussed The Dark Knight and the reasons why the Batman movie didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Although it should have been included in the Best Picture nominations, The Dark Knight was not.
Even after all these years, audiences continue to regard The Dark Knight as the industry standard for comic book movies, and any outstanding ones that have subsequently been released are typically compared to it. Although the Batman movie was thought to have been overlooked for the Best Picture Oscar, Spielberg thinks that things would be different if it were released today.
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Spielberg told Deadline that he felt “like all those English and creative writing degrees paid off” after receiving his first screenplay nomination for The Fabelmans. The filmmaker went on to say that he is “very pleased” by the nominations for Best Picture of two blockbusters, Top Gun: Maverick and his movie Avatar: The Way of Water. The Dark Knight, according to Spielberg, “should have received a nomination a couple of years ago.” We should all be jubilant that these two blockbusters are prominently included on the top 10 list since that movie would undoubtedly be nominated for Best Picture today.
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The fact that the Best Picture category was increased to 10 candidates indicates that Spielberg thinks the Academy Awards are moving in the right way in honouring a diversity of movies. Zack Snyder’s Justice League won the fan favourite category at the Oscars the previous year. The fan-voted prize, however, was unofficial and did not come with an Oscar trophy. However, this year’s Oscars do not have a nomination for such a category.
Even before The Dark Knight, there have been several blockbuster films that have received nominations and even won Best Picture. Therefore, it doesn’t seem like the most appropriate of analogies to say that The Dark Knight would win today based on the current Best Picture nominees for blockbuster films. Spielberg is expressing the notion that The Dark Knight was, at the very least, deserving of a Best Picture nomination. The Batman is widely regarded as the finest 2022 comic book movie, so it appears that history is repeating itself. It was nominated for three Oscars, although some would argue that, like The Dark Knight, it is still absent from a number of categories.
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Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Milk, Frost/Nixon, and The Reader were the movies that beat out The Dark Knight for Best Picture nominations in 2009. Despite this, Heath Ledger’s outstanding performance as the Joker makes The Dark Knight a movie that has stood the test of time. Statements like Spielberg’s help advance the discussion in favour of the Oscars being more inclusive of films from many genres.