February 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm #89693
One of our dear leader Tom O’Neil’s favorite theories regarding the acting categories at the Oscars is the “slap the stud” theory – young, good-looking, high-grossing matinee stars rarely win acting Oscars (Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Jesse Eisenberg, George Clooney).
After recent events, it has occured to me that such a “trend” also applies to the Best Director category. 84 out of the 85 best director winners have been men. While (relatively) young men such as Tom Hooper and Michel Hazanavicius have taken the award in recent years, looking back in history, many recent winners have been significantly older gentlemen. I’m talking about Danny Boyle, the Coen brothers, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Roman Polanski and Anthony Minghella in particular.
This year, among the numerous snubbed for Best Director, there were the widely predicted Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino and the less-predicted-but-still-possible Paul Thomas Anderson. Other less likely directors for well-directed films such as JA Bayona and Christopher Nolan were also snubbed. All of these men can be considered “studs” and all of them were snubbed in favor of older fare such as Steven Spielberg, Michael Haneke, Ang Lee and David O. Russell (yes, the young Benh Zeitlin received a nomination, but that is where passionate support really played a part). On the topic of Nolan, what about when he was snubbed for The Dark Knight (after getting a DGA nod)? Who was he snubbed in favor of? The much older Stephen Daldry. What about when he was snubbed for Inception (also after getting a DGA nod)? Who gets in? The Coen brothers.
You can even look back into history and find examples of this. Remember when Spielberg was a young director, heartbroken over his snub for Jaws? Who got in over him? Stanley Kubrick, Sidney Lumet and eventual winner Miloš Forman. And what about when he lost for Raiders, ET and Close Encounters? Who did he lose to? Richard Attenborough, Warren Beatty and Woody Allen. Spielberg didn’t win an Oscar until 1993, when he was notably older. And what about Scorsese? He didn’t win for Raging Bull, he didn’t win for Goodfellas, he was even snubbed for arguably his best work, Taxi Driver (which WAS nominated for Best Picture). Even though his best work came in his younger days, the Academy made him wait until he was an old geezer to finally give him the award in 2006.
What do you think? Will Affleck, Anderson, Tarantino, etc. have to wait a while to get their Best Director Oscars as well?February 1, 2013 at 6:19 pm #89695
Since when is Jesse Eisenberg a matinee idol?
I don’t think it matters how the director looks as much as the product being respectable enough/falls in line with the other kinds of winners in the category’s history.February 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm #89696
None of those directors mentioned are studs except Ben Affleck.February 1, 2013 at 6:37 pm #89697
This sounds almost as if those older directors you mention (older being completely subjective here) are hacks compared to young studdish directors. Lol. Pardon? Stud directors? Ah-hahahahaha!
Seems to me at least one won, way back in 1980. Hey, do you think that a quality film really has anything to do with the win?February 1, 2013 at 7:21 pm #89698
Pretty sure Beatty and Costner were considered pretty studly when they won their respective Oscars, and those wins came at the expense of the then-young Spielberg and Scorsese. Not only that, but Redford and Costner were good-looking guys who won for their film debuts (as did Sam Mendes, who I suppose is about attractive as any other guy nominated for the award).February 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm #89699
I’d like to slap a stud. LOL, that came out much worse than I expected it too. Anyhoo…I don’t think so much it’s that they hate good-looking, young guys as it is they just want people to put in their dues first. I can see why they wouldn’t want to nominate Ben Affleck when he’s only got three movies under his belt. It would be like an insult to the older guys like Spielberg who have been making movies for years and years and years. It’s the audacity of youth and inexperience biting the younger guys in the butt. I think it’s kind of a BS thing to do to guys like Affleck, but it is how I believe they think.
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