Will we see a Lone Director nominee again?

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  • Juni Zapoto
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    #181765

    In 2015, we saw something interesting, Bennett Miller being nominated for Foxcatcher, despite the film not getting into Best Picture. Since 2009, all the BP nominees have been also BD nominees, and this expansion to 10, seems like it would kill the “Lone Director nomination”, which is a nomination for a director that their film doesn’t get onto the Picture list. 

    My predictions for Best Director this year are:

    O. Russell (Joy), Spielberg (St. James Place), Haynes (Carol), Innaritu (The Revenant), and Vallee (Demolition). I imagine all of their films landing up in Picture and scoring a Director nod.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Before last year, I would have said no. But I’m now of the mindset that it will still happen, but will be used like it was in the past, to highlight foreign directors whose movies weren’t major contenders otherwise. Examples including Ran, Seven Beauties, Three Colours: Red and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    To me, it seems that Foxcatcher got enough nominations to suggest that had they kept with a ten-nomination cycle that it would be ninth or tenth. Unless another film is widely enough recieved by the Academy as a whole (getting five or six nominations but no Best Picture) then Director is a strong possibility. This will of course set the standard for how a Lone Director nomination will take place.

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    DominicCobb
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    Yep. Definitely would have said no before Foxcatcher, but there it was.

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    Riley
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    #181770

    Someday, we will get only five Best Picture nominees.  It will probably happen that year, if not also before.

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    Miller does not represent a lone director nomination. His movie earned other nominations. Mulholland Dr and The Last Temptation of Christ are examples of movies with lone director nominations.

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    Eddy Q
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    #181772

    ^By “lone-director” the OP clearly meant a film that was nominated for Director but not Picture, not one that received only a directing nomination and nothing else. No need to be a pedant.

    I think it will undoubtedly happen again in years where we have only 5-7 nominees (if the current system continues) and even 8 or 9 if, like Foxcatcher, it’s a movie which showcases strong directorial talent but leaves some audiences cold.

     

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    WaltEagle
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    Yeah, if we have 5/6/7 nominees soon for Picture, it would be unusually sympatico if no other film snuck in for Director.

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    Filmatelist
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    Miller does not represent a lone director nomination. His movie earned other nominations. Mulholland Dr and The Last Temptation of Christ are examples of movies with lone director nominations.

    That’s what I assumed this thread was about, too.  Other films that qualify: BLUE VELVET (Lynch again), SHORT CUTS, and THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS.  

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