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    Jeffrey Kare
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    Inspired by previous threads discussing the acting categories, I’ve decided to start a new one for a different category. Who do you think came closest to getting an Oscar nomination for Best Director in each year? For my guesses, I’ll be going as far back as the beginning of the millennium.

    2000: Cameron Crowe-Almost Famous
    2001: Todd Field-In the Bedroom
    2002: Peter Jackson-The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    2003: Gary Ross-Seabiscuit
    2004: Marc Forster-Finding Neverland
    2005: Fernando Meirelles-The Constant Gardener
    2006: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris-Little Miss Sunshine
    2007: Joe Wright-Atonement
    2008: Christopher Nolan-The Dark Knight
    2009: Neil Blomkamp-District 9
    2010: Christopher Nolan-Inception 
    2011: David Fincher-The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    2012: Ben Affleck-Argo
    2013: Paul Greengrass-Captain Phillips
    2014: Clint Eastwood-American Sniper
    2015: Ridley Scott-The Martian
    2016: Garth Davis-Lion
    2017: Martin McDonagh-Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    2018: Peter Farrelly-Green Book
    2019: Taika Waititi-Jojo Rabbit

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    2000: Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous
    2001: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amélie
    2002: Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    2003: Gore Verbinski, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    2004: Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    2005: James Mangold, Walk the Line
    2006: Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth
    2007: Andrew Dominik, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    2008: Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler
    2009: Coen Brothers, A Serious Man
    2010: Christopher Nolan, Inception
    2011: David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    2012: Ben Affleck, Argo
    2013: Spike Jonze, Her
    2014: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
    2015: Ridley Scott, The Martian
    2016: Denzel Washington, Fences
    2017: Martin McDonagh, Thee Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
    2018: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
    2019: Greta Gerwig, Little Women

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    2000: Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous

    2001: Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge!

    2002: Peter Jackons, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2003: Tim Burton, Big Fish

    2004: Marc Forster, Finding Neverland

    2005: Fernando Meirelles, The Constant Gardener

    2006: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine

    2007: Joe Wright, Atonement

    2008: Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

    2009: Clint Eastwood, Invictus

    2010: Christopher Nolan, Inception

    2011: Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

    2012: Ben Affleck, Argo

    2013: Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

    2014: Ava DuVernay, Selma

    2015: Ridley Scott, The Martian

    2016: Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

    2017: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    2018: Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born

    2019: Greta Gerwig, Little Women

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    Here’s my thoughts, going back as far as 1950

    2019: Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

    2018: Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

    2017: Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    2016: Garth Davis, Lion

    2015: Ridley Scott, The Martian

    2014: Clint Eastwood, American Sniper

    2013: Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips

    2012: Ben Affleck, Argo

    2011: Bennett Miller, Moneyball

    2010: Christopher Nolan, Inception

    2009: Neil Blomkamp, District 9

    2008: Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

    2007: Joe Wright, Atonement

    2006: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, Little Miss Sunshine

    2005: Fernando Meireilles, The Constant Gardener

    2004: Marc Forster, Finding Neverland

    2003: Anthony Minghella, Cold Mountain

    2002: Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    2001: Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge!

    2000: Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous

    1999: Frank Darabont, The Green Mile

    1998: Shekhar Kapur, Elizabeth

    1997: James L. Brooks, As Good as It Gets

    1996: Cameron Crowe, Jerry Maguire

    1995: Ron Howard, Apollo 13

    1994: Mike Newell, Four Weddings and a Funeral

    1993: Andrew Davis, The Fugitive

    1992: Rob Reiner, A Few Good Men

    1991: Barbra Streisand, The Prince of Tides

    1990: Jerry Zucker, Ghost

    1989: Edward Zwick, Glory

    1988: Stephen Frears, Dangerous Liaisons

    1987: James L. Brooks, Broadcast News

    1986: Rob Reiner, Stand by Me

    1985: Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple

    1984: Norman Jewison, A Soldier’s Story

    1983: Philip Kaufman, The Right Stuff

    1982: Costa-Gavras, Missing

    1981: Miloš Forman, Ragtime

    1980: Michael Apted, Coal Miner’s Daughter

    1979: Woody Allen, Manhattan

    1978: Terrence Malick, Days of Heaven

    1977: Herbert Ross, The Goodbye Girl

    1976: Martin Scorsese, Taxi Driver

    1975: Steven Spielberg, Jaws

    1974: Francis Ford Coppola, The Conversation

    1973: Sidney Lumet, Serpico

    1972: Luis Buñuel, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    1971: Franklin J. Schaffner, Nicholas and Alexandra

    1970: David Lean, Ryan’s Daughter

    1969: Gene Kelly, Hello, Dolly!

    1968: William Wyler, Funny Girl

    1967: Stuart Rosenberg, Cool Hand Luke

    1966: Robert Wise, The Sand Pebbles

    1965: Sidney Lumet, The Pawnbroker

    1964: John Huston, The Night of the Iguana

    1963: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Cleopatra

    1962: Morton DaCosta, The Music Man

    1961: Joshua Logan, Fanny

    1960: Richard Brooks, Elmer Gantry

    1959: Otto Preminger, Anatomy of a Murder

    1958: Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo

    1957: Fred Zinnemann, A Hatful of Rain

    1956: Cecil B. DeMille, The Ten Commandments

    1955: Daniel Mann, The Rose Tattoo

    1954: Edward Dmytryk, The Cain Mutiny

    1953: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Julius Caesar

    1952: Vincente Minnelli, The Bad and the Beautiful

    1951: Mervyn LeRoy, Quo Vadis

    1950: Cecil B. DeMille, Samson and Delilah

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    2019: Greta Gerwig, Little Women

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", GLENN CLOSE FOR "HILLBILLY ELEGY", ANTHONY HOPKINS FOR "THE FATHER", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    I know, Taika got DGA. But there were politics behind her, and many were even putting her at 5 in their predictions. Just because he got DGA, doesn’t mean he was at 6.

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    I also think Greta was 6th tbh. Direction wise she was much better than Taika and she also had a lot of goodwill going for her.

    FYC Emmys: Helena Bonham Carter (Drama Supporting Actress), Olivia Colman (Drama Actress), Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh (Drama Actress), Fiona Shaw (Drama Supporting Actress), Zendaya (Drama Actress), Alexis Bledel (Drama Guest Actress)

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    I don’t think Greta was even 7th. Waititi was clearly 6th (barf).

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    If Taika had gotten a nomination somewhere else, like Critic’s Choice or Golden Globe, I would agree.

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    Interesting how Cooper and Gerwig were both huge, unexpected (to some) snubs. Do the Academy directors not respect the directors of big remakes? AISB and LW were both famous for being the latest in a long string of adaptations, and the Academy overall obviously loved both, but maybe the directors just don’t really want to nominate the director of a story that’s been told and directed a bunch of times before.

    I think this is supported by Cooper’s loss in the debut category at DGA. He should have EASILY won that, but Bo Burnham of all people took it over him. I think directors maybe don’t have the tolerance for remakes that the other branches do.

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    Interesting how Cooper and Gerwig were both huge, unexpected (to some) snubs. Do the Academy directors not respect the directors of big remakes? AISB and LW were both famous for being the latest in a long string of adaptations, and the Academy overall obviously loved both, but maybe the directors just don’t really want to nominate the director of a story that’s been told and directed a bunch of times before.

    I think this is supported by Cooper’s loss in the debut category at DGA. He should have EASILY won that, but Bo Burnham of all people took it over him. I think directors maybe don’t have the tolerance for remakes that the other branches do.

    They’re also both actors, Ben Affleck too!

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    I don’t get this comparison. Cooper hit all the precursors, while Greta had only like Critic’s Choice and her movie had mediocre Guild run. These snubs are not really comparable.

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    2000: Cameron Crowe, “Almost Famous”
    2001: Baz Luhrmann, “Moulin Rouge!”
    2002: Peter Jackson, “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
    2003: Anthony Minghella, “Cold Mountain”
    2004: Marc Forster, “Findind Neverland”
    2005: Fernando Meirelles, “The Constant Gardner”
    2006: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris, “Little Miss Sunshine”
    2007: Joe Wright, “Atonement”
    2008: Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”
    2009: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, “A Serious Man”
    2010: Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
    2011: David Fincher, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
    2012: Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty” *
    2013: Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
    2014: Clint Eastwood, “American Sniper”
    2015: Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
    2016: Garth Davis, “Lion”
    2017: Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
    2018: Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”
    2019: Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”

    * I think the directors branch really snubbed Affleck.

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    1970: Bob Rafelson – Five Easy Pieces
    1971: Franklin J. Schaffner – Nicholas and Alexandra
    1972: Martin Ritt – Sounder
    1973: Melvin Frank – A Touch of Class
    1974: Francis Ford Coppola – The Conversation
    1975: Steven Spielberg – Jaws
    1976: Martin Scorsese – Taxi Driver
    1977: Herbert Ross – The Goodbye Girl
    1978: Paul Mazursky – An Unmarried Woman
    1979: Martin Ritt – Norma Rae
    1980: Michael Apted – Coal Miner’s Daughter
    1981: Milos Forman – Ragtime
    1982: Costa-Gavras – Missing
    1983: Philip Kaufman – The Right Stuff
    1984: Norman Jewison – A Soldier’s Story
    1985: Steven Spielberg – The Color Purple
    1986: Randa Haines – Children of a Lesser God
    1987: James L. Brooks – Broadcast News
    1988: Stephen Frears – Dangerous Liaisons
    1989: Bruce Beresford – Driving Miss Daisy
    1990: Penny Marshall – Awakenings
    1991: Barbra Streisand – The Prince of Tides
    1992: Rob Reiner – A Few Good Men
    1993: Andrew Davis – The Fugitive
    1994: Frank Darabont – The Shawshank Redemption
    1995: Ron Howard – Apollo 13
    1996: Cameron Crowe – Jerry Maguire
    1997: James L. Brooks – As Good As It Gets
    1998: Shekhar Kapur – Elizabeth
    1999: Frank Darabont – The Green Mile

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    I know, Taika got DGA. But there were politics behind her, and many were even putting her at 5 in their predictions. Just because he got DGA, doesn’t mean he was at 6.

    But the academy is still by and large male and allergic to female directors. Also let’s not forget that not only did Taika get the DGA nomination, but he also ended up winning Best Adapted Screenplay.

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