Is 1917 based on a specific true story?
Mendes dedicates the film to his grandfather, Alfred, with a title card that appears after the film is over. But this is not, directly, his grandfather's story. While the seed of the idea for what would eventually become 1917 began with hearing his ancestor's stories from his time in the war, according to the New York Times, Mendes decided to not actually rely on that personal narrative, instead inventing Blake and Schofield with writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
So just how many Oscar nominations did 1917 get?
Fresh off a win at the national box office -- beating out Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in its expansion -- 1917 amassed a whopping 10 nominations from the Academy. Among them: Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Production Design, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Score, Visual Effects, and Makeup and Hairstyling. Meanwhile, it's already amassed other crucial awards season nominations, including recognition from the cinematographers and writers guilds. It's hard to deny that Mendes' achievement is a big one, but it also represents a certain kind of directing that the Academy often rewards to a frustrating degree, favoring flashy technical skill over more subtle work.