The Dark Knight Should Have Been the First Blockbuster Nominated for Best Picture by Steven Spielberg

The Dark Knight Should Have Been the First Blockbuster Nominated for Best Picture by Steven Spielber ...

According to Steven Spielberg, you either die a critically overlooked blockbuster or live long enough to see a Best Picture nomination.

The filmmaker of "The Fabelmans," who won his first Best Original Screenplay nomination for the 2023 Oscars, commented on the expanded Best Picture category. "The Fabelmans" is also up for Best Picture, and the category was expanded from five to 10. In 2009, "Avatar: The Way of Water" and "Top Gun: Maverick" are up next.

"I'm really encouraged by that," Spielberg told Deadline of the Academy, recognizing the two crowd-pleasing features that made history at the box office.

'The Dark Knight,' a film that should have been nominated a number of years ago, is something we should all be recognizing.

"The Dark Knight" was released in 2008, serving as a catalyst for the Academy of Motion Picture Nominations to broaden the Best Picture nominees list. Heath Ledger was posthumously chosen Best Supporting Actor, while Joaquin Phoenix was nominated for Best Actor in the eponymously-titled Todd Philipps 2019 film.

"Black Panther" became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture in 2019. However, the sequel, "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," received five nominations, including Angela Bassett in the Best Supporting Actress category, marking the first time a Marvel actor received an Oscar nomination.

"Top Gun: Maverick" received six nominations this year, tied with Todd Fields' "TR." "Avatar: The Way of Water," directed by James Cameron, received four nominations.

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