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  • Actriz
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    What is the best (nominated) directing job that didn’t win Best Director?

    The options are my personal favorites, I have included “Other” if you disagree.

    Shout-outs:
    Robert Altman – Nashville
    Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
    Joel Coen – Fargo
    Federico Fellini – 8 1/2
    Federico Fellini – La Dolce Vita
    Norman Jewison – Moonstruck
    Stanley Kubrick – A Clockwork Orange
    Stanley Kubrick – Dr. Strangelove
    David Lynch – Blue Velvet
    Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
    Martin Scorsese – Hugo
    Martin Scorsese – Raging Bull
    Peter Weir – The Truman Show
    Billy Wilder – Some Like it Hot
    Billy Wilder – Sunset Boulevard

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    Ryan Lapierre
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    #547003

    Stanley Kubrick with his fantastic job can’t believe that flm was left out in the academy

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    rrekydoc
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    2001: A Space Odyssey is the best directed film from the greatest director of all time.

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    DominicCobb
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    I voted other because it is definitely Scorsese for Raging Bull. But it is really depressing to look at those lists and see so many of my favorite films.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    For me:
    * means wasn’t even nominated.

    • Robert Zemeckis – Back to the Future*
    • James L. Brooks – Broadcast News
    • Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise – Beauty and the Beast*
    • Roger Allers & Rob Minkoff – The Lion King*
    • John Lasseter – Toy Story*
    • Peter Weir – The Truman Show
    • M. Night Shymalan – The Sixth Sense
    • Ridley Scott – Gladiator
    • Steven Spielbeg – Catch Me if You Can*
    • Brad Bird – The Incredibles*
    • Bennett Miller – Capote
    • David Fincher – The Social Network
    • Martin Scorsese – Hugo
    • Ben Affleck – Argo*
    • Steve McQuen – Twelve Years a Slave
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    KT
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    Animated films for the best nonwinning director?  eeek

    All fairness to Steven Spielberg: E.T. is probably the film I would point out as probably his best overall directed.  It is a wonderful film, and certainly worth consideration here.

    Tough choice with 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather, and Raging Bull.  Three classics of American cinema.  All hugely influential for their direction.  Just the beginning of Raging Bull you know you are in for a masterwork….I remember Tarantino telling about De Palma’s reaction, after directing one of his best films that year, upon seeing that opening: “Oh, fuck, he did it again.”  Godfather is perfect.  One of my all-time favorite opening lines as the camera pulls back, the dark background: “I believe in America.”  I wish I could today.

    Don’t forget these outstanding directed films that haven’t been mentioned (all nominees):

    Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers— The only direction from 1968 worthy of beating Kubrick for 2001.
    Francis Ford Coppola, Apocalypse NowThe Conversation
    Roman Polanski, Chinatown
    Peter Jackson, Fellowship of the Ring— I think that’s the Rings film he’s at his best.
    Akira Kurosawa, Ran 
    Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    Jane Campion, The Piano
    Neil Jordan, The Crying Game
    Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho, Rebecca, Rear Window
    David Lean, Brief Encounter 
    Sidney Lumet, Network
    Steven Spielberg, Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Orson Welles, Citizen Kane 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Coppola would be my choice, but he does have 5 oscars so I went with Kubrick. I thought 2001 was actually one of his weaker films, with Dr. Strangelove being one of my all-time favourites, Paths of Glory being brilliant, and The Shining and Clockwork Orange disturbing me in a way that no other films have been able to do since. For such a career, he should have a Directing Oscar

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    babypook
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    Well heck. I could retire on some island with all of the above mentioned films and I’d be happy.

    All great directing jobs, but had to go with Kubrick’s 2001. Groundbreaking masterpiece.

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I think the title of this thread should be altered, because the way it is currently phrased, Coppola and Scorsese should be ineligible. I know that it’s wordier, but maybe “What is the best directed film without a directing oscar?” Would be more appropriate?

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    DominicCobb
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    #547011

    Also, why hasn’t anyone mentioned Hitchcock? He and Kubrick are easily the greatest directors that never won.

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    KT
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    Also, why hasn’t anyone mentioned Hitchcock? He and Kubrick are easily the greatest directors that never won.

    Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho, Rebecca, Rear Window

     

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Agree for Hitchcock. Rear Window alone should have easily got it.

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    Anthony
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    Before I opened this thread, the two names that popped into my head were Hitchcock & Kubrick….since Hitchcock isn’t on the main list, I will vote for Kubrick, who did a stunning job with 2001 and also should’ve won for Dr. Strangelove, and then should’ve been in a tight battle with Peter Bogdonavich in 1971 when he was nommed for A Clockwork Orange.

    Hitchcock was deserving many an ocassion with great examples being Rebecca, Rear Window, Vertigo, and Psycho….along with Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, and Strangers on a Train.

    Of the other names listed, the sad thing is MOST of them, but not all, were my personal choices in their respective years:

    David Lynch should have won Director not just for Mulholland Dr but for Blue Velvet as well.

    I’d say Arthur Penn and Mike Nichols were both very deserving in 1967, but also feel Mike Nichols was deserving to win for Virginia Woolf as well.

    Scorsese should have at least 3 Directing wins by now (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, and his snubbed work in Taxi Driver) but there are at least 3 or 4 other films I felt he was a worthy selection to win….and it is a shame his only win is for a decent effort by him.

    Someone brought up Steven Spielberg for Catch Me If You Can. In many ways, I was more impressed with his work on that film than say E.T. or Raiders or Jurassic Park because it didn’t feel or play like a typical Spielberg film. The atmosphere and even the performances didn’t feel like they came from Spielberg. It was a breath of fresh air for me and I feel he should’ve won Director in 2002.

    I could go on and on so I will just end it at that.

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    DominicCobb
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    [quote=”DominicCobb”]Also, why hasn’t anyone mentioned Hitchcock? He and Kubrick are easily the greatest directors that never won.

    Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho, Rebecca, Rear Window

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    Oh hey, my bad. Still, not enough people have mentioned him. 

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    I count The Godfather Part 2’s Directing win a Win for the 1st two films

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