Christopher Nolan has added another feather to his crown as he received the honour of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for Oppenheimer at the Directors Guild of America Awards (DGA) held on Saturday night.
While accepting the accolade, the 53-year-old director said, “The idea that my peers would think that I deserve this means everything to me.”
It is worth noting here that Nolan clinched the triumph after the previous 5 nominations for Memento in 2002, The Dark Knight in 2009, Inception in 2011, and Dunkirk in 2018.
His DGA victory suggested that he could make his way into the Oscars 2024, as DGA is considered a reliable predictor for the Academy Awards.
The fellow competitors of Nolan for the best director category were Martin Scorsese for Killers of the Flower Moon, Greta Gerwig for Barbie, Yorgos Lanthimos for Poor Things and Alexander Payne for The Holdovers.
Oppnenheimer, the big hit of 2023 has already achieved many accolades, and the director has garnered Best Director at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice.
He’s also nominated at the BAFTAs for Best Film, Adapted Screenplay and Director.
For the unversed, Cillian Murphy, who portrayed the character of the protagonist in Oppenheimer, presented the honour to Nolan earlier in the evening and he shared insights at the Beverly Hilton ballroom.
Murphy revealed how he agreed collaboration with the filmmaker “starts with a call,” during the address at the ballroom the Interstellar star expressed, “I can’t believe it 20 years since we started on this journey together,” Nolan told Murphy as he got the award.
He added that “which means it’s about 15 years since I woke up a little hungover and said to [my wife] Emma, ‘Did I go up to Cillian last night and say, You’re the best actor ever?’” As Murphy and the audience laughed.”
Nolan continued,“The DGA award s are such a special event, I think not least because uniquely this event acknowledges and understands that nobody gets up here on their own.”
“On Oppenheimer, you were never more on your game than making Oppenheimer and I never felt so well-supported with a challenging set of tasks, and similarly incredibly well-supported with an incredible cast and a wonderful crew,” the Dark Knigt maker explained.
Nolan concluded, “Last but not least, I’d like to thank my wife Emma Thomas, the lead producer of all these films and the lead parent to our four kids.”