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Zimmer slams Nolan's Oscar snub

Christopher Nolan has once again missed out on an Oscar nomination for his directing skills on Inception - and the film's composer reckons he was robbed.

Two years after seeing The Dark Knight earn neither a best picture nomination nor a directing nod, Nolan was passed over in the best director category in 2011, despite Inception being both acclaimed and popular at the box office.

Composer Hans Zimmer, nominated for his original score for Inception, said of his omission: "I think he was held up at gunpoint.

"My instinct tells me that because it was a commercial success, suddenly they took the idea of artfulness away from him.

"I think if the Academy wants to stay current ... they need to go and look at these things very carefully. I've worked with a lot of directors. There are few directors that are in the class of a Chris Nolan ... It's not right."

This time, at least, Inception was included among the best picture nominees, which now number 10, a change made last year partly because of the outcry over the rebuff of The Dark Knight.

And Inception still had eight nominations, including a best original screenplay mention for Nolan.

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