Ron Phillips/Warner Bros. January 16, 2013 5:00 PM
Christopher Nolan Nolan broke through at the Oscars with a screenplay nomination for "Memento" in 2001. He gained further acclaim in 2008 with "The Dark Knight," leading to widespread outrage when the film was snubbed for Best Picture and Best Director. Its exclusion is believed to be one of the catalysts for the Academy's expansion of Best Picture to 10 films. There was further outrage when his 2010 film "Inception" was nominated for Best Picture, but Nolan was once again left out of the Best Director lineup. This year he faces what may be another uphill battle with "The Dark Knight Rises." Will the Academy finally acknowledge his work behind the camera?