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Christopher Nolan wrote, directed, and produced Inception. He also wrote and directed such notable films as The Dark Knight (2008), The Prestige (2006), Batman Begins (2005; directed only), and Memento (2000). Nolan began making films on super 8mm at age 7, and later on 16mm with his college film society at University College of London, while he studied English Literature. He's been nominated for 3 Oscars and won numerous awards for his direction and screenwriting, particularly for The Dark Knight, Memento, and Inception. He's known for putting substantial focus on the psychology of his main characters, using non-linear plot lines, and leaving open the final outcome of the story. These are all demonstrated in Inception.
Inception opened in the United States on July 16, 2010, and in 70 countries by the end of the year. It grossed $292.6 million at the box office, won a total of 75 awards and 102 nominations, including 4 Oscar wins (Best Achievement in Cinematography; Best Achievement in Sound Editing; Best Achievement in Sound Mixing; and Best Achievement in Visual Effects) and nominations (Best Achievement in Art Direction; Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score; Best Motion Picture of the Year; and Best Writing, Original Screenplay).