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Why did the Oscars for best director split again??

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  • Tonbone
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    One of the many reasons I predicted The Revenant over Spotlight this year for best picture is because last year after best director and picture went to two different movies in 2013 and 2014 I thought they would once again give the director and picture awards to the same movie like what happened to Birdman last year instead Best  picture went to Spotlight and best director went to The Revenant the movie with the flashiest director. Why did the academy decide to gve both Oscars to the same movie a year ago but this year they changed their minds?

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    Daniel B.
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    Birdman won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Producers Guild Awards and the Directors Guild Awards. Since actors, producers and directors make up some of the largest voting groups in the Academy, it makes sense that the Director and Picture wins matched up.

    This year, The Revenant won the DGA, Spotlight won SAG and WGA, and The Big Short won PGA and WGA. So while The Revenant had the support of the directors’ branch (thus the Best Director win), it didn’t have enough support from the producers, writers and actors branches to translate to a correlating Best Picture win at the Oscars.

    The most recent Picture/Director split at the Oscars (12 Years a Slave/Gravity) saw a similar split in the guilds’ precursors. The DGA went to Gravity, the PGA winner was a tie between 12 Years a Slave and Gravity, and American Hustle won SAG (where Gravity wasn’t nominated, but 12 Years a Slave was).

    Prior to that, the Argo/Life of Pi split can be mostly attributed to Ben Affleck’s surprise lack of nomination in the Best Director category (he did win the DGA that year).

    The next most recent Picture/Director split was with Crash/Brokeback Mountain, after Brokeback Mountain won DGA, PGA and WGA, and Crash won SAG and WGA.

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    B/c it didn’t seem worth it to give him a 2nd BP win when the film had the worst reviews in the field, he’d just won, and a fair number of people seemed to not like it?
    They probably felt it had to win BD still cuz he did win DGA and it was a directorial feat to be respected if not loved as a whole.

    Though the main reason I was predicting Revenant would lose for 12 months was that in the last half-century only 3 directors have multiple BP wins, each with impressive acting feats/hauls in terms of # of noms/wins, and I expected Revenant to basically be the Leo show. While AGI’s other films won 0 acting Oscars. 

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    Mad Max Guitarist
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    Because McCarthy & McKay are not household names in Hollywood and AGI is. Another reason why Inarritu won DGA and Best Director Oscars is because of great campaigning and those “freezing, cold temperature, shot in natural light, waiting for snow to pour down” comment by him

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    Jason Travis
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    Because McCarthy & McKay are not household names in Hollywood and AGI is. Another reason why Inarritu won DGA and Best Director Oscars is because of great campaigning and those “freezing, cold temperature, shot in natural light, waiting for snow to pour down” comment by him

    I agree with this, however it still remains weird why they would then opt for Tom Hooper as Best Director for The King’s Speech. He was basically an uknown in America, with a few TV shows here and there. Perhaps they just don’t like David Fincher personally, who should have won for The Social Network.

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    Michael Norris
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    I think it also has to do with the style of the film. The Revenant is very much a director’s movie, while the direction of Spotlight was more subtle. With TKS, the direction was a big part of why the movie worked so well, so it would make sense that that would win both. You can look at the technical categories as somewhat of an indication for a movie’s chance at director. TKS was nominated for a lot of those, while Spotlight was not.

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    Baby Clyde
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    The obvious answer is that Best Picture is voted for in an entirely different way to the other awards.

    A preferential vote means that you get a consensus winner rather than the nominee with the highest number of votes. I suspect that The Revenant got the #1’s but Spotlight overtook it with 2nd and 3rd place votes.

    Had it been counted the same way as every other category I’m guessing both Picture and Director would have matched.

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    babypook
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    It was almost written in the extravaganza “snow” months before the announcement. Plus, the male voters could feel their testicles shrinking at the thought of all that coldness.

     

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    [quote=”AndyDufresne”]

    Because McCarthy & McKay are not household names in Hollywood and AGI is. Another reason why Inarritu won DGA and Best Director Oscars is because of great campaigning and those “freezing, cold temperature, shot in natural light, waiting for snow to pour down” comment by him

    I agree with this, however it still remains weird why they would then opt for Tom Hooper as Best Director for The King’s Speech. He was basically an uknown in America, with a few TV shows here and there. Perhaps they just don’t like David Fincher personally, who should have won for The Social Network.
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    The Social Network isn’t an overtly flashy film the way Birdman and Revenant are. The screenplay seemed more praised than the directing.

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