Like Best Actress, I’m curious as to how much support everyone besides Cuaron receives…
2. O. Russell
I prefer Mcqueen’s pacing and precision, but Cuaron wins this in the terms of quality.
Gravity is one of the most overrated films ever made, and Cuaron’s direction is severely lacking. I went with McQueen, because I freakin’ loved Twelve Years.
Cuaron. Almost no contest. I say ALMOST because any other year I would’ve gone with McQueen.
McQueen for his most humanistic achievement, which unlike Gravity doesn’t feel silly.
Poor category besides McQueen and Cuaron. Of the plausible choices by the Academy, I wish Greengrass and Jonze had snuck in, dropping Payne and O’Russell.
Personal Choices (I know it’s six still, but I keep struggling to narrow down):
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue is the Warmest Color
Noah Baumbach, Frances Ha
Spike Jonze, Her
Cuaron, Cuaron, Cuaron. Such wonderful work. Reminded me how great a cinematic experience can be.
McQueen shortly after him.
I voted for McQueen because his films take some courage; but there’s something good to be said about all of these directors. Although, I will always feel that the win by Cuaron is borderline ridiculous.