Can ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Win Best Picture?

Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated conclusion to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight was screened for critics on July 6. Not only did it received a standing ovation, one reviewer Tweeted words he’d heard after that have already substantially added to the hype.

A prediction that The Dark Knight Rises would not only be nominated for an Academy Award, but that it should win, “If this does not break the mold and win Best Picture, no comic book movie ever will #TDKR.”

Tom McAuliffe wrote that it was a “9 out of 10” for him and elaborated his praise, saying it was better than The Dark Knight, which received four stars from Roger Ebert (he famous for giving everything three) and won Heath Ledger a posthumous best actor Oscar. 

“The trilogy is greater than the sum of its parts, and for me the 3rd was the very best part of the whole story. Dark knight is a classic in its own right – it stands alone, but in this trilogy, and as a closer, this film exceeds.”

“It’s an ending that presents opportunity for thought for sure. Risky/tough story well told, brilliantly acted, great cinematography, awesome score.” 

Sound editing: yes. Best picture: no.

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