Steven Spielberg Says This Iconic Superhero Flick ‘Should Have Been Nominated’ For Best Picture Oscar

Steven Spielberg is trying again on an epic superhero movie that he says ought to have landed an Oscar.

Whereas gushing about a few of final yr’s largest cinema hits — “Avatar: The Means of Water” and “High Gun: Maverick” — which just lately nabbed Greatest Image nods, the enduring filmmaker spoke up about one explicit flick he nonetheless needs acquired a nomination.

On Tuesday after Oscar nominations had been introduced, “The Fabelmans” director shared in an interview with Deadline that he was “actually inspired by” these profitable blockbusters getting the credit score they deserve, however insisted that DC’s “The Darkish Knight” would have “positively garnered a Greatest Image nomination at the moment.”

Pointing to the Academy’s determination in 2020 to appoint a assured 10 films every year as part of its fairness and inclusion initiative, the 76-year-old star stated, “It got here late for the movie that ought to have been nominated plenty of years in the past.”

“So having these two blockbusters solidly introduced on the highest 10 checklist is one thing we must always all be celebrating,” he added.

Although “The Darkish Knight” grew to become the highest-grossing movie of 2008, raking in over a billion {dollars}, the gripping story of Gotham Metropolis’s caped crusader solely earned eight nominations and was ignored for Greatest Image.

Heath Ledger received a posthumous Greatest Supporting Actor Oscar the next yr for his insanely good unhinged efficiency because the Joker.

Spielberg — whose 2022 nod for steering “West Aspect Story” made him the first particular person to obtain Greatest Director nominations throughout six totally different many years — additionally scored yet one more win with “The Fabelmans” seven Oscar nods.

The semi-autobiographical film additionally earned the cinema king his first nomination for Greatest Authentic Screenplay.

Quipping to The Hollywood Reporter that his late dad and mom “nagged” him to convey “The Fabelmans,” a narrative based mostly on his dad and mom’ lives, to the massive display, Spielberg revealed the “coming of age” undertaking was one thing he “actually needed to inform.”

“I began critically pondering, if I needed to make one film I haven’t made but, one thing that I actually need to do on a really personally atomic stage, what would that be? And there was just one story I actually needed to inform,” he stated.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ninety fifth Academy Awards ceremony is about for March 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC. Try the entire checklist of this yr’s Oscar nominees right here.