Warner Bros Spearheads a Majestic Cause
In a fantastic and transparent effort to influence the Academy, Warner Bros. has produced a mesmerizing 5-minute featurette of Christopher Nolan's Inception. Rarely do I highlight the work of a major studio. On this occasion though, I applaud Warner Bros. Any institution that staunchly champions the cause of Nolan is a worthy institution in my book. Well-done, WB.
For all the fervent Nolan fanboys, I suggest you watch this video. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at his beloved film. This feature supply's some provocative insights from Christopher Nolan, Leonardo Di Caprio, Michael Caine, Producer Emma Thomas, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Additionally, there's a visual dispersal of praiseworthy quotes, including an articulate snippet from famous film critic, Christy Lemire's Inception review: "A flawless symphony of images and ideas." The written praises from Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper, and a host of other reputable film critics also factor into the video.
The visually robust oeuvre of Nolan is on full display in this video, as Warner Bros., underscores many of the most iconic big set pieces from the film including: the visual awe of Paris folding over on top of itself, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's stunning anti-gravity sequence through the hotel corridor, the mystifying cafe explosion scene with Di Caprio and Page, the various "kick-back" sequences, which are a marvel of film editing, and the brilliant closing shot.
The residual stain of The Dark Knight's Oscar snubbing still remains. In order to rectify this criminal omission, Christopher Nolan has to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. Sadly, he did not. Often times, big budget summer blockbuster films, particularly those of the science fiction ilk (think Star Wars, Episode V: Empire Strikes Back, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix, Blade Runner, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day), do not fare exceedingly well at the Academy Awards. Consequently, I must temper any tirade, for Inception has received a host of non-Academy Accolades, in addition to eight Oscar nominations: Best picture, screenplay, cinematography, art design, music, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects. Each of these nominations are vastly well-deserving, and perhaps, they signal a slight change of ancient, long-held, old-fashioned tenets. Furthermore, these eight nominations reflect an augmenting and modern appraisal, from the Academy, for Nolan's visionary blueprint.
In an ideal world, Oscar night would represent a coronation for Christopher Nolan, as he receives his first Best Director Award. Because of his heinous exclusion from this category, this cannot happen. Instead, Nolan's buoyant constituency can hope that Inception marvelously sweeps the above eight categories. It would represent a moment of sweet justice—specifically, the kind of justice we expect to see when The Dark Knight Rises reaches the big screen. Perhaps, Nolan's final Batman installment will represent his first directorial Oscar win.
*There is a reason Inception is my number two favorite film of 2010.