Oscar snubs: "Inception" director, Duvall, Kunis

Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:09pm EST
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The good news for "Inception" director Christopher Nolan is that he received two Oscar nominations on Tuesday.

The bad news is that he failed to score a nomination for best director, perhaps the most notable snub at an announcement generally short on major surprises.

Of course, the 40-year-old British filmmaker is no stranger to the vicissitudes of Oscar voting. He was not nominated for his previous film, "The Dark Knight," and its omission from the best picture race prompted Oscar organizers to double the pool to 10 last year in a bid to include more crowd-pleasers.

But Nolan was considered a lock for a directing nomination this year in recognition of the vision he brought to the groundbreaking heist thriller set in the subconscious.

He was also one of five nominees for the Directors Guild of America Awards, which will take place on Saturday. The other DGA nominees received Oscar nominations, and Nolan lost his Oscar slot to Joel and Ethan Coen for "True Grit."

"They must have had their reasons for those decisions. It just seems strange from my point of view, but obviously I'm biased," said Guy Hendrix Dyas, the film's Oscar-nominated production designer.

No one at Warner Bros., the film's distributor, would talk on the record. But the studio noted that Nolan did land best picture and original screenplay nominations. The film earned eight nominations overall. Nolan's only other nomination was for his "Memento" screenplay in 2001.


<p>Actress Mila Kunis from the film 'Black Swan' arrives at the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>