'Dark Knight Rises' Could Get an Oscar Nom & We’re Stoked! (VIDEOS)

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Hugh Jackman mad 'The Dark Knight' wasn't nominated in 2009

Can you believe The Dark Knight Rises will be coming out on July 20? Only a few days away! Have you bought your tickets yet? Better hurry up.

Okay, I'll be totally honest: With all the new characters and cast members (Anne Hathaway, Marion Cortillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy), at first I was worried that director Christopher Nolan was trying to pack way too much into this last installment in his Batman triology. There was just so much going on! And of course the performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight was so freakin' brilliant -- how could Nolan possibly top that?

Well, color me stupid, because the early reviews from press screenings are saying that the movie is fantastic. Not only did the audience give it a standing ovation, it might even be an early contender to get the first ever comic book movie Oscar nomination for best picture!

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Do you guys remember back in the day when Hugh Jackman hosted the Oscars a few years ago, and he sang: "How come comic book movies never get nominated? How can a billion dollars be unsophisticated? Everyone went to see The Dark Knight. What am I doing to think it’s not right??"

How right was he! (And how sexy!) Because even though The Dark Knight broke a ton of records and was lauded as both a blockbuster as well as a statement in excellent filmmaking, there was no best picture nom. It blew my mind at the time -- but maybe The Dark Knight Rises has a shot at making history. Clearly comic book movies aren't too "low-brow" for anyone.

Early reviews seem to agree and would love to see the movie be up for "the big prize." Though the studio prohibited anyone publishing reviews until the July 20 release date, of course that didn't stop people from gushing about it over Twitter. From "so much awesome" to "TDKR was everything I wanted it to be" and "[t]he last 20 minutes with Batman and Bane are some of the finest fight scenes I've ever seen," these comments are adding to the already massive hype surrounding this film. Despite my earlier reservations, I for one can't wait to see it now!

Here's Hugh Jackman's amazing 2009 opening number at the Oscars if you need a refresher:

And here's a whole 13 MINUTES of behind-the-scenes awesomeness to get you pumped for The Dark Knight Rises:

Are you going to see The Dark Knight Rises? Are you excited about these early positive "reviews"?


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