Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 4-6, 2020

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.


Christopher Nolan rose to fame with his 2000 amnesiac drama Memento. Not only did it bring him the first two Oscar nominations his films would ultimately collect, it gave audiences an indication of what they might be able to expect from him on a small scale. While his follow up Insomnia didn’t do all that well, his subsequent seven films have all been hits. Tenet is Nolan’s eleventh feature film and will surely be his eighth film to score at least one Oscar nomination.

Following, Insomnia, and The Dark Knight Rises were the only films that didn’t score at least one Oscar nomination. Three of them have nabbed eight total nominations, but none have gone higher than that. All totaled, his films have earned 34 Oscar nominations winning 10 total Oscars. He’s got a long way to go to catch up with the likes of Steven Spielberg, but his visual effects-laden films are certain to show up at least there.

This year, I suspect that Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound may be the only categories in which the film competes. The film’s uninspiring reviews are sure to hinder its performance outside of those.

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