Find out why the succesful film only got two Academy Award nominations!
Tenet was definitely one of the favorite movies to be nominated for the Academy Awards but turns out that it could only garner two and the whole reason has to do with its director, Christopher Nolan. Something that adds more curiosity is that it was the first film to be released in theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nolan insisted that the film be released in theaters instead of getting a VOD release like many of the other movies throughout the past year. The talented director personally requested Warner Bros to use the money destined for the awards campaign to extend the movie on theaters. Hence why the film wasn't showed on the Academy Portal.
According to IndieWire:
“Warners did not mail screeners to Academy members, did not plunk down $12,500 to upload the film on the Academy portal, placed no FYC ads, and mounted no digital screenings or Q&As."
Tenet received Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Production Design, but when voters went to watch the movie on the screening portal, it was unavailable. Now its being said that Nolan is asking the Academy to include his movie on their portal so it can be seen by the voters and judges.
a Warners source told IndieWire the following:
“While we actively chose not to campaign the film, at the filmmaker’s request, we will be supporting the nominations by putting the film on the AMPAS platform and passing members through the theaters."