Christopher Nolan and Wife Emma to Be Knighted for 'Oppenheimer' Achievements

Christopher Nolan breaks his Oscar drought with 'Oppenheimer' win.

by Nouman Rasool
Christopher Nolan and Wife Emma to Be Knighted for 'Oppenheimer' Achievements
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In what is perceived to be a long-overdue and landmark acknowledgment of monumental contribution to the film industry, the British film visionary Christopher Nolan and his equally talented wife, Emma Thomas, are set to be accorded with a knighthood and damehood, respectively.

This followed the film's domination in this year's awards season and leaving an indelible stamp on the minds of audiences and critics. Nolan and Thomas are pioneering partners at the vanguard of cinematic innovation, having produced together the most iconic and game-changing films of their time.

These include 'The Dark Knight' trilogy, 'Inception' (2010), 'Interstellar' (2014), 'Dunkirk' (2017), and the recent 'Tenet' (2020) - a few examples of mind-blowing cinema and their joint creative capabilities and commitment to.

Nolan's Oscar Triumph

This month, Nolan reached the landmark when he collected his first Best Director Oscar with "Oppenheimer," an intense plot exploring the intricate life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, played by versatile Irish actor Cillian Murphy. Before this year, despite perennial nominations - his work had been nominated for an Academy Award six times - Nolan had still been shut out at the Oscars in the Best Director category.

Born in London of a British father and an American mother, he, therefore, resolved to take on English at University College London (UCL), mainly because of the film-making facilities it offered its students. It was at this place that he would meet Thomas, his future wife, and an academic colleague with whom he would be blessed with four children: Flora, Oliver, Rory, and Magnus.

They formed Syncopy together: the production company under which they created a catalog of blockbusters that would further entrench their positions among the many giants of the film industry. Reflecting on the accolades, which among them saw him made a CBE by Prince William in 2019, Nolan said that he loves film and what it means in culture.

He emphasized that it is an honor to have one's film recognized by such an institution, taking into account that film is one of the most important collective arts forms and pastimes. When Nolan was awarded the British Film Institute (BFI) Fellowship, calling him "one of the world's most inventive and influential film directors," he called Thomas his constant support and shared vision, pointing out to an approach to teamwork characterized by both partners for it.

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