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Christopher Nolan, ‘Oppenheimer’ Director, and Wife Emma Thomas to Receive British Knighthood and Damehood

Director Christopher Nolan and wife (Credits: NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth)

Christopher Nolan acclaimed for his Oscar-winning direction of Oppenheimer, and his wife and collaborator, Emma Thomas, are set to be honored by the UK government with a knighthood and damehood, respectively, for their contributions to the film industry.

The announcement came unexpectedly, as recognitions are traditionally bestowed during the New Year or on the monarch’s birthday. The couple’s latest film, a biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer, known as the “father of the atomic bomb,” dominated this year’s awards season, securing seven Oscars, including best film and best director.

Nolan, who has previously garnered nominations for works like Memento, Inception, Dunkirk, and Thomas, has been a formidable team in the film industry.

Christopher Nolan, Wife Emma Thomas (Credits: Asharq Al-Awsat)

The duo, who met at University College London, have four children and co-run the production company Syncopy, which has produced many of their hit films.

At a ceremony earlier this year where Nolan received the British Film Institute Fellowship, he lauded his wife’s partnership, emphasizing that they have always shared the same vision regarding the importance of filmmaking.

Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas (Credits: Philippine Star)

During his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, Nolan reflected on the relatively young age of cinema as a medium and expressed awe at being considered a significant contributor to its ongoing story.

This honor comes when King Charles III temporarily steps back from royal duties due to cancer treatment, meaning the formal awarding ceremony at Buckingham Palace will be anticipated with particular interest.

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