Christopher Nolan has some fancy new letters to go along with his name.
On the same day his first Tenet trailer hit the internet, Nolan was in the U.K. receiving one of the annual honors from the royal family. Nolan was presented a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace. This is one step down from Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire which would allow him to use the title of “Sir.”
Congratulations to Christopher Nolan CBE 🎞️ the film director, screenwriter and producer was honoured today by The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace for services to film. pic.twitter.com/dQQQfnmwlf
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) December 19, 2019
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was established in 1917 by King George V to honor both civilians and the military. On the civilian side of it, it can honor you for contributions to the arts and sciences.
Considering Nolan’s body of work, his receiving this honor is not too terribly surprising and seems well deserved.