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Is this nuts? I am now predicting RIDLEY SCOTT to win Best Director

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  • Chris Beachum
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    #196871

    I just moved Ridley Scott into my #1 spot to win Best Director for “The Martian.” Is this crazy? I don’t think that film will win Best Picture, but its box office dominance and strong critical reviews will certainly give it a nomination.

    He is overdue like almost nobody in the business. Many of his competitors (Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) don’t have a NEED to reward situation. Certainly David O. Russell is also overdue. Others (Tom McCarthy, Lenny Abrahamson) don’t have very visual movies, so they might be overlooked.

    Scott is almost 78 and has had a stellar career. “Gladiator” won Best Picture, and he probably could have taken Best Director that year had it not been for a big year by Steven Soderbergh. When people start thinking over his films like “Blade Runner,” “Alien,” “Thelma and Louise,” “Hannibal,” “Black Hawk Down,” “American Gangster,” etc., I wonder if a storyline will start developing this season that will make people want to finally give him the award. If some of his past stars like Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Russell Crowe, Denzel Washington begin talking up this situation, that will provide an added boost.

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    babypook
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    #196873

    No you’re not “crazy”. Lol.

    Let’s give Ridley an Oscar before he makes a film reminiscent of I Now Pronounce You Alien and Domestic, and for all the reasons above. He may not be the greatest Director many of us were hoping he’d be, waaaay back. But, he does know how to surround himself with some of the best Tech artists in the world.

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    FilmGuy619
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    I don’t think you are. I think he could win it for sure given how strong of a push The Martian will likely get and how it would be his 4th directing nomination. Plus, there’s no clear frontrunner for Best Director. I have Lenny Abrahamson, Todd Haynes, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu, Thomas McCarthy, and Ridley Scott on my predictions. But Innaritu just won, McCarthy’s film looks like more of a writer’s movie, Abrahamson would be a “welcome to the club” type deal, and Haynes’ film apparently might be too chilly while Scott’s leaves you smiling at the end.

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    benbraddock
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    Sadly, Boomer, you might be nuts. Ridley won’t win alone and as good as The Martian is, I just don’t see the film winning. This years directors crop are many former Oscar winners so honoring a newbie might be the way the academy will go. David O Russell leads that group or possibly JJ Abrams or Todd Haynes or Tom McCarthy. If anybody is repeating, to me it all points to Danny Boyle.

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    Atypical
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    Sounds far-fetched to me. “The Martian” was okay, but nothing that rose to the level of BP/BD. I doubt that anyone would have seriously considered such had it not been for its great box office success. Let that reward be those major nominations beyond techs. If overdueness is the big consideration for Ridley Scott, I guess that’s as good a backstory as any, but it probably won’t be looked at kindly in retrospect.

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    DamianWayne
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    #196877

    You’re not crazy at all. It’s a definite possibly if the film does well enough. 

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    manakamana
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    People like that movie, but does anyone really think it’s best of the year stuff? It’s a great point for his late career, but I imagine there would be more urgency to reward him for something more serious. It’d be somewhat farcical for the director of Alien and Blade Runner to win for something as milquetoast as The Marian.

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    babypook
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    Sadly, Boomer, you might be nuts. Ridley won’t win alone and as good as The Martian is, I just don’t see the film winning. This years directors crop are many former Oscar winners so honoring a newbie might be the way the academy will go. David O Russell leads that group or possibly JJ Abrams or Todd Haynes or Tom McCarthy. If anybody is repeating, to me it all points to Danny Boyle.

    The film wont win. It’s Sci-fi, which arent allowed to win. But what about it’s director?

     

    Danny Boyle? You really know how to hurt a gal Ben.

     

     

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    PJ Edwards
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    Nuts? No. Sure he can win but it’s a long season and many films left to be seen.

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    I think O’Russell will just get his screenplay Oscar. It is either going to be Scott or Abrams if Star Wars ends up being the love of my life and father or birth canal of my children.

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    KyleBailey
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    I don’t see it happening. I feel like the Ridley Scott train has left the station. I think an honorary Oscar is his only hope at this point. Plus if we are going to reward a director for creating a big spectacle in filmmaking, I would go with George Miller first 

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    Jason Travis
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    Wait so Ridley Scott can’t win Best Director for directing The Martian but Alfonso Cuaron can win for directing Gravity?? I underatand they’re both different in terms of story- but the genre is the same. And the concept is similar too- Sandra Bullock vs. Matt Damon.  I honestly think The Martian played better. I could watch it multiple times, where Gravity is getting the worst post-Oscar reviews ever. Anyone I talk to says they hated Gravity on the small screen, where The Martian is already getting raves from people not seeing it in theaters.

    I say Scott has more than a strong chance to be considered. His movie is making money, getting great reviews and is still sitting at number 1 at the box-office while other new flicks can’t compete. Exactly why can’t he win? On top of the fact that he’s very overdue.

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    KyleBailey
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    Alfonso Cuaron made a movie that made the audience feel close and personal to Sandra Bullock’s character on a deeply emotional level. The Martian has many long gaps where you forget Damon is even in the movie when you are with Daniels and Wiig for a good 25 minutes solid. Plus I can’t name a movie that has the same emotional impact that Gravity has in the scifi/space movie genre. Sure Apollo 13 may of gotten there but that was based on something that actually happened. The Martian is meant to be fun and wacky without doing anything new. It does its job as a crowd pleaser and not much else. And come on. American Hustle clearly gets beaten up way more than Gravity. 

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    Jason Travis
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    That’s your interpretation of The Martian. But the box-office and critics say otherwise. I watched The Martian and I remembered Matt Damon even when he wasn’t on screen. There’s plenty of emotional moments in Scott’s movie, and even if there weren’t- it’s going to be a strong contender. I think a lot of people are underestimating it’s chances.

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    Echo469
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    Ridley Scott certainly deserves an Oscar. You make some good points. Since there appears (thus far) to be no clear cut favorite, I think it could happen.

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