September 13, 2020 at 6:14 pm #1203704227
With the great reviews for One Night in Miami, a recurring topic came into my mind. What are the best debuts for actors turned directors?
For me, one always comes to mind. Gary Oldman’s Nil By Mouth (1997). It’s a rough movie to get through because of it’s content, but I think it’s great storytelling, with simple but effective direction. It features some amazing performances by Kathy Burke and Ray Winstone, both should’ve gotten more recognition. For those who don’t know the film, it follows a family in the projects of London. It touches on drug and alcohol abuse, and physical and emotional abuse. It’s very “a day in the life”, even if it happens in a longer period of time.September 13, 2020 at 6:31 pm #1203704283
Lady Bird, easilySeptember 13, 2020 at 6:37 pm #1203704297
Barbara Loden first had some small roles, then gave one of the greatest supporting performances ever in Splendor In The Grass and then directed Wanda, one of the best films of all time.September 13, 2020 at 6:49 pm #1203704336
Lady Bird, easily
It would be in consideration, if it was her first film as a director.
Barbara Loden first had some small roles, then gave one of the greatest supporting performances ever in Splendor In The Grass and then directed Wanda, one of the best films of all time.
Haven’t seen it. Will definitely add it to the list. Thank you for the recommendation.September 13, 2020 at 6:58 pm #1203704354
In terms of first time film directors, Citizen Kane.
However, Welles has directed in other media before so that may be cheating. I’ll try to think of a straighter example.September 13, 2020 at 7:01 pm #1203704358
Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born will always shock me.
FYC Oscars: Soul (Best Picture, Original Screenplay, and Original Score), Regina King (Best Director), Delroy Lindo (Best Actor), Viola Davis (Best Actress), Leslie Odom Jr. (Best Supporting Actor)September 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm #1203704419
Tommy Lee Jones, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
👑Cicely Tyson (1924-2021)
👑Mary Wilson (1944-2021)September 13, 2020 at 8:29 pm #1203704476
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Robert Redford, Ordinary PeopleSeptember 13, 2020 at 11:20 pm #1203704623
Does Booksmart count? Olivia Wilde had done shorts but that was her first feature.September 13, 2020 at 11:33 pm #1203704630
Ben Affleck – Gone Baby Gone, and in general,
From a laughing joke to an acclaimed filmmaker, and eventual BP winner down the road lol.September 14, 2020 at 12:06 am #1203704655
Jordan Peele knocked it out of the park with Get Out
Also Mario Van Peebles with New Jack City
Best Actress - Viola Davis, Frances McDormand
Best Actor - Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman
Best Supporting Actor - Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman
Best Picture - Nomadland
Best Director - Chloé Zhao
SAG Ensemble - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Cinematography - NomadlandSeptember 14, 2020 at 1:04 am #1203704701
Kasi Lemmons, Eve’s BayouDecember 4, 2020 at 3:49 am #1203893672
Didn’t know this thread existed.
FYC OSCARS : PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN IN ALL CATEGORIES (ESP. ACTRESS – Carey Mulligan AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY — EMERALD FENNELL), VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", ESSIE DAVIS FOR "BABYTEETH"December 4, 2020 at 4:57 am #1203893709
Paul Dano, Wildlife. (Carey Mulligan is two for two in working with actors turned first-time directors.)
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