October 12, 2012 at 11:28 am #540276
thought? Pick oneOctober 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm #540278
I don’t even know where to begin here because nearly all of these people should win an Oscar.
Of this list, I am going to remove the following people from contention:
The rest are up for grabs but I will have to eliminate them somehow:
-Quentin Tarantino should have won Director for Pulp Fiction and did killer work with Jackie Brown that went unnoticed and while he definitely deserves a Best Director Oscar, the fact that he won Best Original Screenplay for Pulp Fiction will be enough for right now.
-Malick is like a modern-day Stanley Kubrick and he is in strong contention for my vote.
-Peter Weir is another director I really enjoy but he has been unfortunate in being nominated in years where he simply just wasn’t able to best anybody (although I do think he would have been worthy to win for his work on The Truman Show).
-Stephen Frears was snubbed for Dangerous Liasions, which is a shame when you look amongst the nominees and you see Barry Levinson as the winner (as much as I do like Rain Man, there was really no reason as to how Barry Levinson could have pulled that off)….and he did lovely work with The Queen.
-I liked The King’s Speech but when standing next to The Social Network, I thought it was no contest. David Fincher did a great job with that film and he was pretty much robbed….but….
Despite how much I really do enjoy some of the work of Fincher, Anderson, Frears, Weir, and Anderson….of this list, I have a huge admiration for Mike Leigh. Everything from his earlier and less talked about efforts (Naked, Life is Sweet) and his more recent efforts of Happy Go Lucky and Another Year but the one film that is truly his masterpiece, to me, is Secrets & Lies…I believe it was Roger Ebert who said that Leigh was like a British Woody Allen, and that is a very accurate statement, except with Leigh, his films seem more raw and personal. Also, Topsy Turvy was wonderful and definitely worthy of more recognition than it received….and Vera Drake, while I still think of it more as the Imelda Staunton show, was a fine film and I support the nomination he received for that.
My vote is for Mike Leigh, in a close call over Fincher, Malick, and Weir.October 12, 2012 at 8:13 pm #540279
• Ridley Scott – Best Director for Gladiator (2000)
• David Fincher – Best Director for The Social Network (2010)
• Terrence Malick – Best Adapted Screenplay for The Thin Red Line (1998)
• Wes Anderson – Best Original Screenplay for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
• Paul Thomas Anderson – Best Director / Best Original Screenplay for The Master (2012)
• Quentin Tarantino
– Best Original Screenplay for Inglourious Basterds (2009) & Pulp Fiction (1994)October 13, 2012 at 3:12 am #540280
Tarantino has already won an well-deserved Oscar. For director, my hunch is that ‘they’re’ going to make him wait for a long time. Scott and Mann, well, both of them could fluke themselves into making a masterpiece, since they both have it in them. But I’m beginning to suspect that Scott’s masterpiece days are long behind him, with Alien and Blade Runner. And since Gladiator won, that evens things out for him imo.
But as soon as I saw Malick’s name up there, my vote goes to him. Although, I greatly admire the other directors on your list.October 13, 2012 at 3:59 am #540281
Paul Thomas Anderson, though I have every confidence it WILL happen. Maybe Wes Anderson, but that won’t happen. Not a big Fincher fan.October 13, 2012 at 10:30 am #540282
Of the worthy names on this list, have to go with Malick.
Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life.
Not a “paycheck” film in the bunch.
I’d also nominate David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan as future
Best Director winners.October 13, 2012 at 9:44 pm #540283
I voted for Malick too.
Also agree wholeheartedly with the mention of Cronenberg, although I think his glory days were back in the 1980s.
But at least Cronenberg is still putting out movies, and very compelling movies at that. I would welcome another chance to vote for David Lynch, whose MULHOLLAND DR. should have won him an Oscar in 2001, but Lynch hasn’t made a feature-length film since 2006.October 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm #540284
Why don’t you even have 1 woman in there? Barbra Streisand hopefully will get oscar love for her film Gypsy which is coming out in 2014.October 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm #540285
Barbra Streisand will not win a directing Oscar. If they couldn’t nominate her for The Prince of Tides, they won’t nominate her for directing Gypsy. I’d rather mention Jane Campion or especially Sarah Polley. Unfortunately, no female director (other than maybe Campion) is of the same level as the above mentioned. Give Kathryn Biglow another 10 years and she could be, but she already has 2 Oscars (directing + producing)..October 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm #540286
Barbra could get in for gypsy. She has that whole overdue thing going for her….. Plus this will be the first movie that she directed in almost 20 years…… I’m sure there are many different voters now then there were in the 90’s. It’s a shame that she never even got nominated for directing. She should have 3 directing nominations by now and 1 directing win ( Yent )
She is also supposed to direct and produce a movie in 2014 called “Skinny and Cat” starring Cate Blanchett and Colin Firth.
Well at least she can always rely on the golden Globes for recognition. 18 nominations and 9 wins! If only the oscars could open their eyes…..October 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm #540287
I hate to break it to you, but she’ll direct “Skinny and Cat” before she directs Gypsy. It’s set to star Oscar-winners Cate Blanchett (The Aviator) and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)… Synopsis: The story of American photographer Margaret Bourke-White’s marriage to novelist Erskine Caldwell in the late 1930s.
Also, the fact that Barbra Streisand is a GOD to many queens out there does NOT make her overdue. She has TWO Oscars to her name for her 2 biggest and most important imputs to the Hollywood community – acting (for her debut, Funny Girl in 1968) and songwriting (1976’s A Star Is Born)…not to mention her Best Picture nod for The Prince of Tides. Plus, she shared her acting win with the legendary Katharine Hepburn. Pairing the two automatically makes Barbra Streisand NOT overdue.October 16, 2012 at 11:59 am #540288
Also, the fact that Barbra Streisand is a GOD to many queens
what do you mean by this?October 16, 2012 at 12:36 pm #540289
I loved the book Prince of Tides and thought Nick Nolte was great in the movie (and Kate Nelligan was effective, but better in Frankie & Johnny), but the movie as a whole? Ugh.
I voted for Fincher. I loved Social Network and parts of Benjamin Button and Dragon Tattoo were amazing. (I would have voted for Nolan over all)October 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm #540290
BamaEd75…I couldn’t agree more. I think the film would have been better had Sydney Pollack directed it and Meryl Streep played the lead part!October 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm #540291
My people, the gays, except those who lean more toward Babs and Cher than to let’s say….Judy Garland (?), who actually had some semblance of talent until she let it go to waste…
I didn’t say that she was overdue because people think she is a god. I’m saying she is overdue because the last one that she won was back in 1976 and she got snubbed for SOOO many nominations since then.