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    For me the three lineups that spring to mind are:

    1995 – Mel Gibson for Braveheart, Chris Noonan for Babe, Mike Figgis for Leaving Las Vegas, Tim Robbins for Dead Man Walking , Michael Radford for Il Postino: The Postman

    1997 – James Cameron for Titanic, Peter Cattaneo for The Full Monty, Curtis Hanson for LA Confidential, Atom Egoyan for The Sweet Hereafter, Gus Van Sant for Good Will Hunting

    2012 – Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Michael Haneke for Amour, Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

    Anything that tops that? What are your thoughts? Also, let’s remember that films like Babe, Il Postino and The Full Monty were Best Picture nominees in their time, which just feels so weird and novel, at least to me.

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    2012 for sure. The two frontrunners, Ben Affleck and Kathryn Biggalow, were both snubbed, and so was Tarantino for Django. Meanwhile Benh Zeitlin got in with no precursor nominations, and both David O. Russel and Michael Haneke got in with just 1.

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    2012 for sure. The two frontrunners, Ben Affleck and Kathryn Biggalow, were both snubbed, and so was Tarantino for Django. Meanwhile Benh Zeitlin got in with no precursor nominations, and both David O. Russel and Michael Haneke got in with just 1.

    Michael Haneke fits the bill of the foreign director they like to nominate every now and then (think Francois Truffaut for Day for Night, Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War, Federico Fellini 4 times) while Benh Zeitlin perhaps slips into the bill of the hot new filmmaker they want to welcome into the club (reminds me of Jason Reitman’s nomination for Juno). Also, he’s one of those surprise director who gets a bunch of scattered critics’ awards bids and a bunch of random wins for various festivals including Cannes.

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    Another one:

    1974 – Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather Part II, Roman Polanski for Chinatown, Francois Truffaut for Day for Night, Bob Fosse for Lenny, John Cassavetes for A Woman Under the Influence.

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    Another one:

    1974 – Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather Part II, Roman Polanski for Chinatown, Francois Truffaut for Day for Night, Bob Fosse for Lenny, John Cassavetes for A Woman Under the Influence.

    How so? That one includes some highly acclaimed, now classic, films.

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    How so? That one includes some highly acclaimed, now classic, films.

    I’m not knocking on the quality. I’m just talking about the surprise of some of these inclusions. Maybe ‘lineups’ was a wrong choice of words, maybe ‘surprising nominees’ is a better description.

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    I’m not knocking on the quality. I’m just talking about the surprise of some of these inclusions. Maybe ‘lineups’ was a wrong choice of words, maybe ‘surprising nominees’ is a better description.

    Coppola, Fosse, and Polanski were all nominated at both DGA and Globes. Coppola had two films nominated for both awards, which probably blocked Globe nominee Cassavetes from a DGA nomination narrowly, I wouldn’t call any of them four surprising

    Day for Night was entered the year before for foreign language film (and won) therefore didn’t compete at the other ceremonies, but it won best picture at BAFTA and scored an acting nom and a writing nom, that’s a typical recipe leading foreign films to a director nomination

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    Coppola, Fosse, and Polanski were all nominated at both DGA and Globes. Coppola had two films nominated for both awards, which probably blocked Globe nominee Cassavetes from a DGA nomination narrowly, I wouldn’t call any of them four surprising Day for Night was entered the year before for foreign language film (and won) therefore didn’t compete at the other ceremonies, but it won best picture at BAFTA and scored an acting nom and a writing nom, that’s a typical recipe leading foreign films to a director nomination

    Ok you’re probably right on that one. I think I’ll create a new forum just talking about individual nominees.

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    2018 was also a little weird, since Bradley Cooper and Peter Farrely both missed out while Pawel Paweloski and Yorgos Lanthimos made it in. But at least those snubs and surprises make a lot more sense than the ones from 2012.

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    2018 was also a little weird, since Beadley Cooper and Peter Farrely both missed out while Pawel Paweloski and Yorgos Lanthimos made it in. But at least those snubs and surprises make a lot more sense than the ones from 2012.

    I think most people knew Yorgos was probably getting nominated Pawel Pawlikowski’s nomination kinda felt out of nowhere, what’s even more surprising is that Cold War didn’t get a Best Picture nomination.

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