There came a time when the Oscars only boasted films crafted by renowned directors and blockbuster films rarely made it into contention. This year, two box office juggernauts are both vying for the "Best Picture" award at the 95th Academy Awards which almost feels like a breath of fresh air and Steven Spielberg couldn't be happier.
But as thrilled as Spielberg is with the success of blockbuster films, he thinks one film should've spearheaded the whole movement and it's a beloved superhero classic.
Speaking with Deadline, the filmmaking legend shared his excitement for blockbuster films finally getting recognized by the Academy with Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water leading the charge. However, Spielberg strongly believes that Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight should have started the Oscars revolution over a decade ago and according to him, if the film came out today, its chances of getting a Best Picture nod are incredibly high.
The Fabelmans director said: "I'm really encouraged by that. 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."
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Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy will forever be considered the quintessential Batman trilogy and for good reason. Now, whether or not the 2008 cult classic deserved a "Best Picture" nod at the Oscars is still up for debate but hey, it still has two Oscar trophies under its belt.
The Dark Knight trilogy is available to stream on HBO Max.