In 2008, he changed the whole superhero genre with the groundbreaking ‘The Dark Knight.’
While almost every Nolan film is a cultural phenomenon, none had quite the impact that “The Dark Knight” did, hence it’s position as Nolan’s number one film as rated by critics. The film was nominated for eight Oscars but missed out on the best picture nomination, causing uproar amongst fans.
Many believe this omission and subsequent reaction is the reason why the Academy expanded their best picture nominees from five to anywhere between five and 10, in order to allow more mainstream films that are also Oscar-worthy to get into the big category alongside the more usual Oscar fare.
Heath Ledger posthumously won best supporting actor for his portrayal of the Joker, delivering a performance that not only changed the superhero genre, but also changed how the industry made superhero films, too.