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  • Macbeth
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    Is it truly essential that the Best Director winner is the director of the Best Picture winner?

    I personally see some films as being masterfully directed, whereas some films are excellent for other reasons

    The Academy has drifted from their rule of awarding Best Director and Best Picture to the same film (one of my favorites is Ang Lee winning Director for Brokeback Mountain and Steven Spielberg winning for Saving Private Ryan over the overrated directors of the Best Picture winners)

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    Bill Buchanan
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    I think that the best directed movie of the year is hardly ever the best movie of the year. Just last year, Hugo was the best directed movie of the year, but it wasn’t the best. 

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    babypook
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    What about a film which wins Best Picture, writing, and Lead Actress. with nine nominations and 4 wins, but without a nomination for its’ director? Apparently the film directed itself.

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    Bill Buchanan
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    What about a film which wins Best Picture, writing, and Lead Actress. with nine nominations and 4 wins, but without a nomination for its’ director? Apparently the film directed itself.

    Yeah, Driving Miss Daisy is a masterpiece and should have won directing and Actor for Morgan Freeman. Sorry, Oliver Stone. You will always have Platoon… 

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    Macbeth
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    What about a film which wins Best Picture, writing, and Lead Actress. with nine nominations and 4 wins, but without a nomination for its’ director? Apparently the film directed itself.

    Driving Miss Daisy is one of the best directed films of all time in my opinion, and the fact that Bruce Beresford was snubbed is a travesty

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    Anthony
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    I don’t even understand how Bruce Beresford kept getting snubbed that whole award season. He did a lovely job with that film, and Oliver Stone should thank his lucky stars he even has two to begin with…of the nominees that year, I would have honestly given it to two of the nominees whose films were snubbed in Best Picture: Woody Allen or Kenneth Branagh….not to mention the egregiously snubbed Spike Lee should have been a contender, and then through in Beresford. That last slot could have gone to Sheridan (My Left Foot) or Zwick (Glory).

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    Carbon Based Lifeform
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    In my opinion, Ang Lee (deservedly) taking Best Director but then losing the big one to “Crash” is proof of AMPAS’ homophobia–the Academy was unable to reward a gay love story with the coveted title of “Best Picture” even if it were the most deserving of the nominees.

    Here’s hoping “Life of Pi” is as great as the trailer looks. Maybe Lee will win that Best Picture award after all?

    PS: I have always been a big fan of his work, ever since “Sense and Sensibility,” perhaps the greatest film adaptation of Austen ever?

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