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    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.

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    Lady Bird, easily

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    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.

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    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.

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    Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born will always shock me.

    FYC Oscars: Licorice Pizza (Best Picture, Best Director, Original Screenplay), The Mitchells vs The Machines (Best Picture, Animated Feature, Original Screenplay), Wes Anderson (Best Director), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of MacBeth), Andrew Garfield and Robin de Jesus (Tick, Tick...BOOM!), Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans), Stephen Karam (Adapted Screenplay), Attica and Summer of Soul (Best Documentary)

    FYC Razzies: Dear Evan Hansen (in all eligible categories)

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    Tommy Lee Jones, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

    👑Cicely Tyson (1924-2021)
    👑Mary Wilson (1944-2021)

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    Jordan Peele, Get Out
    Robert Redford, Ordinary People

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    Does Booksmart count? Olivia Wilde had done shorts but that was her first feature.

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    Ben Affleck – Gone Baby Gone, and in general,

    From a laughing joke to an acclaimed filmmaker, and eventual BP winner down the road lol.

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    Jordan Peele knocked it out of the park with Get Out

    Also Mario Van Peebles with New Jack City

    FYC

    Best Actress - Pénélope Cruz, Olivia Colman

    Best Actor - Denzel Washington

    Best Supporting Actress - Aunjanue Ellis, Kathryn Hunter

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    Kasi Lemmons, Eve’s Bayou

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    Didn’t know this thread existed.

    My pick:

    FYC:

    "The Good Fight" and "The Other Two" in all categories.

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    Paul Dano,  Wildlife.  (Carey Mulligan is two for two in working with actors turned first-time directors.)

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    Ben Affleck
    Jordan Peele

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