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Warner Bros. Making Big Push for 'Dark Knight Rises' at the Oscars

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November 13, 2012
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Oscar / The Dark Knight Rises

After attempting an Oscar campaign for Christopher Nolan's sequel The Dark Knight a few years ago, it looks like Warner Bros. is looking to give Batman some Academy Award love again with the epic conclusion The Dark Knight Rises. The studio has just launched their For Your Consideration site trying to get movies like Magic Mike and more obvious, likely choices like Argo, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Cloud Atlas some Oscar love. But the push for The Dark Knight Rises isĀ  a pretty big deal, since the studio pretty much wants the film nominated for almost every category under the sun. See below!

Here are all the categories Warner Bros. is trying for at the Oscars (check out their awards website here):

BEST PICTURE
EMMA THOMAS
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
CHARLES ROVEN

BEST DIRECTOR
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Screenplay by
JONATHAN NOLAN and
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

Story by
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN & DAVID S. GOYER

BEST ACTOR
CHRISTIAN BALE

BEST ACTRESS
ANNE HATHAWAY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
MICHAEL CAINE
GARY OLDMAN
TOM HARDY
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
MORGAN FREEMAN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MARION COTILLARD

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
WALLY PFISTER, ASC

BEST ART DIRECTION
Production Designers
NATHAN CROWLEY
KEVIN KAVANAUGH

Set Decorator
PAKI SMITH

BEST FILM EDITING
LEE SMITH, A.C.E.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
LINDY HEMMING

BEST MAKEUP
Makeup Department Head
LUISA ABEL

Hair Department Head
JANICE ALEXANDER

BEST SOUND MIXING
Production Sound Mixer
ED NOVICK

Re-Recording Mixers
GARY A. RIZZO
GREGG LANDAKER

BEST SOUND EDITING
RICHARD KING

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
PAUL FRANKLIN
CHRIS CORBOULD
PETER BEBB
ANDREW LOCKLEY

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
HANS ZIMMER

And here's the "For Your Consideration" TDKR ad in the front page of Variety recently (via Awards Daily):

The Dark Knight Rises For Your Consideration

Personally, I really enjoyed The Dark Knight Rises, but I can only see it really getting nominated for technical awards (including Wally Pfister's fantastic cinematography), and maybe an actress nod for Anne Hathaway (though she might have a better chance at Supporting Actress). I'd like to see Nolan get a directing nod, but I don't see it happening in this competitive year. And as for Best Picture, with a potential of ten nominees, the chances are decent. The Dark Knight didn't get that opportunity since only five nominees were allowed in 2008. It's hard to tell whether the sequel would have gotten an Oscar nomination (I'd like to think it would have), but considering this film was inferior to the second installment, I just don't think it's going to happen.

Warner Bros. also has superior films with Argo and Cloud Atlas, and most likely the first installment of The Hobbit coming next month. Surely there's plenty of gushing fans who will want to see this film get Oscar accolades (and the Academy might indulge them with a big nomination just to get people to tune in to the live telecast), but there's still a month and a half left with plenty of big Oscar contenders waiting for release. Stay tuned for more as award season heats up, and to see if The Dark Knight Rises gets any Oscar nominations, check back here on January 10th, 2013 for all the nominees.

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  • beevis
    some of those categories i'm not really one to comment on - but as far as the more popular categories, i really don't think this movie deserves an oscar.
  • Chazzy
    Don't get me wrong... I love this movie... a lot more than most people. Easily my favorite of the year. But this isn't going to win any Oscars... unless, as the article says, its for a technical category.
  • Richie G
    Can't see it happening. It just wasn't good enough
  • http://twitter.com/Corpse_Bride17 Corpse Bride
    "And the Oscar for cheesiest reenactment of the fight scene in West Side Story goes to..."
    • Manny
      That's not funny!
  • racquetman
    Ya, this movie deserves 16 Oscars. Next they'll tell us that Wrath of the Titans should get 10 Oscars.
  • http://www.facebook.com/zachboth Zach Both
    Not happening. Sorry Warner Bros.
  • truong18
    good movie, but for best picture is just ridiculous, sound editing maybe.
  • gpak
    Loved the movie but some of these... Best supporting actress? Really?
  • bat0u
    Michael Caine has the closest/slightest chance of being nominated imo, but still definitely not enough to win. Other than that, maybe sound.
    • http://twitter.com/LuisEOrtiz721 Luis Eduardo Ortiz
      You're right. Michael Caine and Christian Bale were the best from the movie. Michael Caine surpassed his usual great acting and Christian Bale went beyond with his character and topped the notch. The scene where Alfred leaves Wayne Manor is and both of them are shedding tears really hit the spot and is my personal favorite scene in the Nolan Bat-Trilogy.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brian-Sleider/1847907840 Brian Sleider
    Oscars are crap anyway.
  • A Pennyworth
    Yeah...to the Oscars AND Warner Bros.....you're both about 4 years too late.
    • si1ver
      Slumdog>TDK must've been replacement refs back then too
  • T-rev
    The Dark Knight Rises should get some Oscar love in the Oscars this year even if it just wins Oscars in the technical category, at least just getting nominations in the major categories, for best picture and Christopher Nolan for best director would be well deserve.
  • Nielsen700
    Good luck, I guess.
  • Eric
    Every movie that has even the slightest chance of getting a nomination does this. I'm not sure why people are so shocked about this.
  • Cody W
    I think it should win just for the sake of the trilogy, I know its not gonna happena dn its mildly stupid but the whole trilogy was an achievement.
  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.carroll.3557 Thomas Carroll
    You can't blame WB for covering all their bases when it comes to potential nominatons. But they won't get Best Picture - because it's BATMAN. And that's the mindset of the majority...it's like expecting a pure comedy to win Best Picture in a way :(
  • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
    I had this fantasy, that I would look across the tables and I'd see you there, with a wife and maybe a couple of kids. You wouldn't say anything to me, nor me to you. But we'd both know that you'd made it, and then I'd realize you won an Oscar for this movie, and I'd be like "WTF?!?" Dark Knight Rises was good, but Oscar worthy? Not sure about that.
  • conradthegreat
    Go big or go home.
  • Greg dinskisk
    I liked The Dark Knight Rises, in fact I liked it more than Nolan's other two Batman movies, but it shouldn't even be nominated for Best Picture this year, unfortunately. I see Argo and Cloud Atlas getting nominated (I know Argo will, and I have a strong feeling that 5% of the academy will think Cloud Atlas is the best of the year), but not TDKR. Maybe Magic Mike, I'd like that quite a bit. I'm not a big LotR fan, but I can see that getting nominated. Hopefully with your next one, Nolan, you will.
  • http://www.roamandthink.com/ PBGray
    I'm surprised they aren't putting that energy into The Hobbit.
  • http://twitter.com/davide_coppola Davide Coppola
    Will win some technical awards, but nothing more.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
    Really? Why? Not as good as TDK...
  • SuicidalOptimist
    Meh. I'd really only care about Best Director and Best Original Score. Maybe they'll reward Nolan and Zimmer for their effort on the whole trilogy; that'd be nice. You know, kinda like they suddenly started throwing trophies at Return of the King when the Lord of the Rings trilogy came to a close as if they had to make up for something. The Dark Knight Rises is not a perfect movie and doesn't even come close to The Dark Knight, but Return of the King was by no means better than Fellowship or The Two Towers, imo. So, who knows what'll happen? In the end it doesn't matter to me, personally. Oscars or no Oscars; that won't affect the way I watch these movies. Over and over and over.
  • castingcouch
    Hilarious.
  • olymctavish
    the fact that people still care about academy awards is telling. if you liked it, that's an award enough.
  • SleeperWillWake
    Sorry, to disagree with popular belief but TDKR was in many superior to TDK. It probably won't get the Best pic nomination but I do see it receiving technical and acting achievments.

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