Oscar-winning director Christopher Nolan to be knighted

by 24britishtvMarch 29, 2024, 1 p.m. 20
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Following his Oscar win for the historical drama "Oppenheimer," British-American filmmaker Christopher Nolan will be knighted by Britain in recognition of his contributions to the film industry.

His wife and film producer Emma Thomas will receive a damehood, the female equivalent of a knighthood, the British government said on Thursday in a list of honors recommended by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, including Conservative politicians and tech industry leaders.

"Oppenheimer," a blockbuster biopic about the race to build the first atomic bomb, claimed seven Academy Awards earlier this month, including the Best Picture trophy and Nolan's first Best Director Academy Award. His career includes other highly regarded films such as "Interstellar," "Inception," "Dunkirk" and the Batman trilogy.

Nolan wrote the screenplay for "Oppenheimer" and produced the film with Thomas.

Among others who received a knighthood were Demis Hassabis, the CEO of Google's DeepMind. Other figures from the world of artificial intelligence who were honored include Matthew Clifford, an AI adviser to the British government, and entrepreneur Ian Hogarth, chair of the AI Safety Institute, both of whom were bestowed with CBEs (Commander of the Order of the British Empire.)

Billionaire businessman and Conservative Party donor Mohamed Mansour was given a knighthood for business, charity and political service.

Sunak also awarded his Conservative lawmakers knighthoods for Philip Davies and Mark Spencer and damehoods for Tracey Crouch and Harriett Baldwin.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos was awarded an honorary CBE for services to creative industries.

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