Steven Spielberg believes The Dark Knight should’ve been nominated for Best Picture Oscar
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It's something that didn’t come soon enough for the Batman sequel.
“I’m really encouraged by that," Spielberg told the outlet.
"It came late for the film that should have been nominated a number of years ago, Christopher Nolan’s, The Dark Knight.
“That movie would have definitely garnered a Best Picture Nomination today, so having these two blockbusters solidly presented on the top 10 list is something we should all be celebrating.”
While Heath Ledger managed to pick an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, the film itself missed out on a Best Picture nomination despite receiving commercial and critical praise.
The 2007 flick also scored an impressive 94 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Who needs an Oscar when it's the people's choice?
Spielberg, who is well known for making the crossover of big-budget films to critical praise and accolades, has just been nominated for Best Screenplay for his biopic The Fablemans for the first time ever.
And he’s currently on cloud nine.
He told the outlet: “I just recently turned 76, where they say, ‘What’s left to accomplish?’ I suddenly get nominated for the first time in my career by the Academy as a co-author of Best Screenplay — it made me feel like all those English and creative writing classes paid off!”
The Fablemans follows a young boy by the name of Sammy, who falls in love with cinema after his parents take him to see The Greatest Show on Earth.
Armed with a camera, Sammy begins to shoot everything and anything, much to the delight of his supportive mother.
Inspired by Spielberg’s adolescence as a young filmmaker, the director was encouraged by another fellow writer to jot down his childhood memories.
However, he prolonged this until his parents passed as he wanted to guard his ‘privacy’.
He added: “When you’re orphaned, you don’t know what that feels like until it happens. It’s profound; it has profound consequences.”
The Fablemans has received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Director.