With the Academy Awards coming up on this Sunday night, it’s time to take one last look at all the contenders for the movie industry’s coveted top prize. Over the course of this week, keep it here for profiles of every “Best Picture” nominee as well as a breakdown of all the major races. New York is one of the top markets for movies in the country, so make sure to hit the comments and have your voice heard about this year’s contenders.
“Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”
A skilled thief (Leonardo DiCaprio), who extracts secrets from people’s minds must reverse the process to reclaim his past and settle an old score.
Warner Brothers knew it had something special in this action thriller from the incredibly talented Christopher Nolan; although they didn’t know just how special until the movie ballooned up the box office. The film succeeded because audiences now know what to expect from the visionary director of this thriller and as a result Warner Brothers was rewarded tenfold for their trust and patience. Now Nolan, his cast and the studio are all reaping the benefits this award season.
*To keep the film’s secrets intact during production, Christopher Nolan would only describe the plot as “a contemporary sci-fi action thriller set within the architecture of the mind.”
*Christopher Nolan’s first choices for the roles of Cobb and Ariadne were Leonardo DiCaprio and Evan Rachel Wood. After Wood declined, Emma Roberts, Rachael McAdams and Emily Blunt were considered before Ellen Page was signed.
*Prints of the movie were sent to theaters under the code name “Hour Glass.”
*The first letter of each of the main character’s first names – Dom, Robert, Eames, Arthur/Ariadne, Mal, Sato – spell the word DREAMS.
*The flight attendant during the airplane sequence was played by Nolan’s cousin Miranda Nolan.
The Full information:
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Ellen Page
- Tom Hardy
- Ken Watanabe
- Marion Cotillard
- Cillian Murphy
- Tom Berenger
- Michael Caine
- Pete Postlethwaite
- Christopher Nolan
- Christopher Nolan
- Warner Brothers
- 148 Minutes
- Art Direction
- Music (Original Score)
- Best Picture
- Sound Editing
- Sound Mixing
- Visual Effects
- Writing (Original Screenplay)
You can watch the 83rd Annual Academy Awards locally on WABC, this Sunday February 27, 2011 at 8pm EST.