Both Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese Have the Same Favorite Film

Despite their distinct filmmaking styles, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan both praised "Past Lives," an indie drama, for its subtlety and beauty.

Both Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese Have the Same Favorite Film


  • Acclaimed filmmakers Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese, known for their unique styles, praise indie film "Past Lives" in recent interviews.
  • Celine Song's "Past Lives," receives glowing reviews, with both Nolan and Scorsese expressing admiration.
  • Nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, it faces stiff competition but holds promise for the latter.
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Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan, with their unique way of filmmaking, established their names in every movie buff’s heart. Their recent films Killers of the Flower Moon and Oppenheimer earned 10 and 13 Oscar nominations respectively and a clear frontrunners to win some. While Martin Scorsese is known for his distinctive visual style and his exploration of themes such as crime, violence, and the human condition, Christopher Nolan is famous for employing non-linear storytelling, cinematography, and scientific subject matter. 

Christopher Nolan on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Christopher Nolan on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Regardless of their way of making a film, they have found one recent movie as their favorite one. Martin Scorsese, who has now become the most-nominated living movie director with his nod for Killers of the Flower Moon, and Nolan, who has earned his second Best Director nomination for Oppenheimer after Dunkirk have picked another fellow Oscar Nominee movie as their recent favorite. 

Christopher Nolan And Martin Scorsese Both Liked Past Lives 

In a recent interview with TIME, Christopher Nolan praised two smaller indie films. And one of them is Celine Song’s 2023 intimate drama, Past Lives which recently received Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. The director called the film “subtle in a beautiful sort of way.


However, this doesn’t mean Nolan is going to make similar kinds of movies, though. “I’m drawn to working at a large scale because I know how fragile the opportunity to marshal those resources is,” Nolan commented.

Greta Lee in Past Lives
Greta Lee in Past Lives

And, Martin Scorsese also poured huge praise for the movie. Directed and written by Celine Song in her feature directorial debut, Past Lives garnered critical acclaim. And one of the people who loved the film was Scorsese. During an interview with Screen Rant on the 76th Director Guild of America Awards red carpet, Song shared that Scorsese loved the film.

Marty Scorsese loves the film, he told me. That’s so cool, I was freaking out. He said he loves the movie, so yeah, that’s all. I can tell you more about it, but I feel like it should be a bit of a secret private thing that I want to have, as well.

Scorsese is not just a great filmmaker, he is also a great cinephile. And his praise definitely means a lot for this indie production.  


What is Past Lives About and Does The Film Have a Chance to Win An Oscar?

Starring Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, and John Magaro, the movie follows two childhood soulmates – Nora and Hae Sung over the course of 20 years. It is an understated and emotionally resonant film about the power of love, loss, and second chances.  

Teo Yoo and Great Lee in "Past Lives"
Teo Yoo and Great Lee in Past Lives

Past Lives has a 96% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics praised Song’s screenplay and direction. It has also been named one of the top ten movies of 2023 by the National Board of Review. It grossed $23 million worldwide, according to The Numbers

The film though got nominations in the Best Picture category, its chance of winning this one seems less due to Oppenheimer, But it could take home the Best Original Screenplay award, as Celine Song’s writing received huge praise from critics. 


Past Lives is available to rent or buy on Prime Video.

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