It is shocking that in the decades long history of the Oscars, so many great filmmakers never received a single nomination despite their great body of work. These include: Sergio Leone, D.W. Griffith, Fritz Lang, Sam Peckinpah, Spike Lee, Tim Burton, and F.W. Murnau. Brilliant directors who earned nominations but never won include Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Robert Altman, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Howard Hawks, Akira Kurosawa, Ernst Lubitsch, Orson Welles, and Sidney Lumet.
Nolan is young and has a long career ahead of him. Like Steven Spielberg who faced the fickle tastes of Academy voters for years before finally overcoming their rejection, Nolan can someday achieve Oscar accolades. But even if he doesn't, the lack of a golden trophy on his mantlepiece will not diminish the great legacy he will leave behind when his moviemaking days are over. Film fans will look back at the quality of his filmography rather than the number of nominations or awards he racks up.