'Inception' Nominee: Christopher Nolan's Oscar Snub Is a 'Real Shame'

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"I think Chris did an astonishing job," visual effects nominee Paul Franklin tells THR of the director.

Paul Franklin, who earned a visual effects nomination for Inception, is surprised Christopher Nolan was snubbed for a best director Oscar.

"I think Chris did an astonishing job. It was a real shame," Franklin told The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday morning. "But nobody can really  predict it, that's what keep it exciting, is that it's unpredictable."

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Even though the film nabbed eight nominations, Franklin says, "If there was one category that I thought we were going to get, it was editing.

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"It's a real shame for Lee Smith; he kept Inception cohesive, while telling four stories  simultaneously," added Franklin. "We worked very closely. Chris has an established  team. Working with Lee is an absolute dream."

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Of his own nomination, Franklin said, "I hope people responded to the fact that the  film used such a wide range of techniques--including mechanical  effects, miniatures, and in camera techniques. It is easy to get  seduced by going down an all digital route. Ultimately everything we  did was driven by what Chris was looking for and what was in the story."