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  • ETPhoneHome
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    The thing that struck me most about Sunday was that the academy completely shut out both Richard Linklater and Wes Anderson, after giving each of them three individual nominations. That leaves both of them Oscarless after 5 nominations for Linklater, and 6 for Wes. It seems like some directors aren’t really favoured by the academy, and while they can be often invited to the party, they just can’t see to win. Historic examples are Alfred Hitchcock (5 nominations, 0 wins), Stanley Kubrick (12 nominations, 1 win but for Visual Effects), Federico Fellini (12 nominations 0 wins), Robert Altman (7 nominations, 0 wins), Ingmar Bergman (9 nominations, 0 wins) and Sidney Lumet (5 nominations, 0 wins). Keep in mind, I’m not counting honorary Oscars.

    What are some other directors that don’t/didn’t get the Oscar wins they deserve? I can think of Paul Thomas Anderson (6 nominations, 0 wins), David O. Russell (5 nominations, 0 wins), David Lynch (4 nominations, 0 wins), Christopher Nolan (3 nominations, 0 wins) and Terrence Malick (3 nominations, 0 wins). And there are directors like Jim Jarmusch, David Cronenberg or Denis Villeneuve who never get attention at all.

    Is it just a matter of time before these directors actually win? Who am I missing?

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    Macbeth
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    I love this topic – I was thinking something similar the other day, interestingly enough.

    Let’s first discuss the ones you mentioned:

    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Paul is one of the best filmmakers working today. One of his biggest supporters in his early career was Stanely Kubrick (!) and he was the protege of the other great social drama director, Robert Altman. That being said, he has become a bona fide auteur, and definitely on his way to becoming one of the greatest ever. 
    I could make a case for him winning for every single one of his films, as a screenwriter – Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch-Drunk-Love, The Master, There Will Be Blood and Inherent Vice are all films I could see winning a writing award, and we all know that PTA is a true master of both directing and writing. However, with the exception of There Will Be Blood, none of these are Best Picture material (but Birdman just won, so who the hell cares about tradition and trends?).
    One day, PTA is going to make a film that tells quite a serious social message. That could be his ticket to the Best Picture/Best Director race for sure. However, I do see PTA winning a writing award first. His next film is apparently a comedy set in the time of cable access television, and the crazy personalities surrounding it. It will apparently be inspired by his father’s career and the films of Robert Downey Sr. This could definitely turn into a writing win for him.

    David O. Russell
    When the man starts making interesting films, and stops with the stunt casting, we can discuss him being worthy of an Oscar. I do think he’s right there at the top, so its only a matter of time until he wins. Hopefully not with Joy though.

    David Lynch
    Oh this makes me sad. My absolute cinematic idol really deserves an Oscar, but sadly, it seems he is done with making proper movies now. Unfortunately, the best he can hope for is an Honorary Oscar, which won’t be undeserving. Yet I still think it was an absolute travesty Ron Howard beat both Lynch and Altman in 2002. One of the great injustices in Oscar history. However, if he returns to the movies, and makes something spectacular, audacious and interesting, he could end up winning. Same with David Cronenberg, but he’s trying some new things as well these days. 

    Jim Jarmusch 
    One of the greatest directors ever. He basically invented the modern independent film scene. People like Richard Linklater owe it all to Jim for their careers. I think Jim is an amazing director, and the only reason he hasn’t received his due is because of the fact that only now are the Oscars embracing the indie side of cinema. I’m a massive indie fan, and I am excited, because Jim’s next film is apparently going to be an existential comedy about a bus driver/poet in New York City (this is purely based on some research and comments Jim has made, but he seems set in his path to make this film). He could break through there, but he seems like a writing winner to me. 

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    babypook
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    King Vidor with five nominations and an Honorary nod for his many achievements

    William A Wellman; three nominations; wins for Writing and Lifetime Achievement

    I’ll mention Howard Hawkes and his one nomination. They gave him a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in ’75.

    Ernst Lubitsch with three nominations and an Honorary win in ’47.

    Otto Preminger with three nods

    Jean Renoir, with one nomination (!) and an Honorary win in ’75

    Clarence Brown, five nominations

    Anatole Litvak with two.

    Robert Rosen, with two

    Btw I’m only citing Directors who are/were fabulous at their craft, with no wins.

    Joshua Logan; three nominations including one for Picture

    Stanley Kramer, with nine total nominations for Picture/Director. A Thalberg win in ’66

    Mark Robson with two nods; perhaps the Ben Affleck of his day

    Frederico Fellini, with 12 nominations for Directing/Writing and an honorary win in ’93.

     

    I’ve run out of time for now but there are many others. Pretty sad thinking about it really.

     

     

     

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    KyleBailey
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    Tim Burton (2 nominations both for Animation) 
    Quentin Tarantino (For directing only 2 nominations)
    Christopher Guest (forget about comedic directors)
    George Lucas (2 nominations)
    Baz Luhrmann (only nominated as a producer)
    Rob Marshall (1 nomination)
    Darren Aronofsky (1 nomination)
     David Fincher (2 nominations) 
    Alexander Payne (3 nominations as a director)
    Bryan Singer (no nominations)
    Paul Greengrass (1 nomination)  
    Terry Gilliam (0 nominations)
    Francis Lawrence (o nominations)
    Lee Daniels (1 nomination)
    Phil Lord and Chris Miller (0 nominations)
    Mel Brooks (as a director 0 nominations)  

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    Leo Grant Logan
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    Peter Weir – 4 nominations
    Ridley Scott – 3 nominations
    James Ivory – 3 nominations
    Norman Jewison – 3 nominations
    John Boorman – 2 nominations
    Alan Parker – 2 nominations
    Michael Mann – 1 nomination
    Alan J. Pakula – 1 nomination
    Wolfgang Petersen – 1 nomination 

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    Can we just go ahead and add most female directors to this list: Mira Nair, Lone Scherfig, Penny Marshall, Nora Ephron, Ava Duvernay, Nicole Holofcenern and Sarah Polley are all deserving of Oscars in my opinion. And nothing for any of them!

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    Looking at the names of Oscarless directors here makes me a bit relieved that a hack like Inarritu won and true masters like Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater didn’t

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    I don’t think David O. Russell deserved any of the Oscars he’s been nominated for… Wes Anderson will win one in the next five years, he’s becoming a regular in the awards race…

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    You forgot Akira Kurosawa (1 nomination, 0 oscars), and my personal Favourite Luis Buñuel (2 nominations, 0 oscars).

    Anyway, I wonder who kept the oscar for the movies that win “Foreign Language Film”
    I think is the director (only the first year were to the producer), therefore  Igmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Luis Buñuel, Federico Fellini, all had an oscar in their homes.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Love the mentions here! Jose, I agree with you on Kurosawa, but I attribute that more to the academy’s historic ignorance to any Asian films. We can also mention Yasujiro Ozu, a terrific director who the academy seemed to have never noticed. It gives me some solace that Tokyo Story is ranked third on the Sight and Sound magazine poll, even though it’s not my favourite of his films.

    Bunuel is probably in the vein of being too bizarre for the academy. Can you imagine something like Exterminating Angel winning Best Picture? Sadly that would have never happened (especially since it’s a foreign film).

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    Love the mentions here! Jose, I agree with you on Kurosawa, but I attribute that more to the academy’s historic ignorance to any Asian films. We can also mention Yasujiro Ozu, a terrific director who the academy seemed to have never noticed. It gives me some solace that Tokyo Story is ranked third on the Sight and Sound magazine poll, even though it’s not my favourite of his films.

    Bunuel is probably in the vein of being too bizarre for the academy. Can you imagine something like Exterminating Angel winning Best Picture? Sadly that would have never happened (especially since it’s a foreign film).

     

     Kurosawa, perhaps my favorite director,  received only 1 Oscar nomination, for the incredible Ran, and a DGA nod,  but he was honoured almost everywhere else. His Shichinin no Samurai is widely acknowledged as the first ‘Western’. His films have been nominated for acting, but usually for Costume Design and Art Direction, and richly deserved.

    Ozu, for sure. Not even one nomination. I’m not a huge fan of his, but his accomplishments are pretty hard to argue.

    Bunuel receives two noms, is recognized all over the world, and only LA, NBR, NFSC, gave him any wins this side of the pond. His foreign language films are incredible, but so was his Robinson Crusoe, the best one of those imo.

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    Jose Manuel Garcia
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    Buñuel was able to cheat the catholic dictarial spanish goverment censorship, and he was able to send “Viridiana” first to Cannes and later as spanish entry on the oscars… 
    At least one of this films got an oscar in the FFL.

    Reading those foreigner language directors who got at least one nomination and the oscars we found also “Louis Malle, François Truffaut, Krzysztof Kiewlowski, Michelangelo Antonioni.. but it is so sad that Tartoksky didnt get any nomination, one of the best directors ever. Music from its films are wonderful 

    Thanks we got Writting, so Almodovar, Sheridan, Jordan can be called oscar winners. and it is so bad that Charles Chaplin got his oscar as musician and Kubrick in the visual effects category…

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