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    With the runner-ups for the acting and writing categories for the Oscars having their own forums, I thought it would only be fitting to do the same for directors. Who do you think was the runner-up for the Best Director races in various years? Here’s who I think, going as far back as the year I was born:

    1990—Martin Scorsese
    1991—Oliver Stone
    1992—James Ivory
    1993—Jane Campion
    1994—Quentin Tarantino
    1995—Chris Noonan
    1996—Joel Coen
    1997—Curtis Hanson
    1998—John Madden
    1999—M. Night Shyamalan
    2000—Ridley Scott
    2001—Peter Jackson
    2002—Rob Marshall
    2003—Clint Eastwood
    2004—Martin Scorsese
    2005—Paul Haggis
    2006—Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    2007—Paul Thomas Anderson
    2008—David Fincher
    2009—James Cameron
    2010—David Fincher
    2011—Martin Scorsese
    2012—Steven Spielberg
    2013—Steve McQueen
    2014—Richard Linklater
    2015—George Miller
    2016—Barry Jenkins
    2017—Christopher Nolan
    2018—Spike Lee

    Who do you think were the runner-ups? Go as far back as you want.

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    With the runner-ups for the acting and writing categories for the Oscars having their own forums, I thought it would only be fitting to do the same for directors. Who do you think was the runner-up for the Best Director races in various years? Here’s who I think, going as far back as the year I was born:

    1990—Martin Scorsese
    1991—Oliver Stone
    1992—James Ivory
    1993—Jane Campion
    1994—Quentin Tarantino
    1995—Chris Noonan
    1996—Joel Coen
    1997—Curtis Hanson
    1998—John Madden
    1999—M. Night Shyamalan
    2000—Ridley Scott
    2001—Peter Jackson
    2002—Rob Marshall
    2003—Clint Eastwood
    2004—Martin Scorsese
    2005—Paul Haggis
    2006—Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    2007—Paul Thomas Anderson
    2008—David Fincher
    2009—James Cameron
    2010—David Fincher
    2011—Martin Scorsese
    2012—Steven Spielberg
    2013—Steve McQueen
    2014—Richard Linklater
    2015—George Miller
    2016—Barry Jenkins
    2017—Christopher Nolan
    2018—Spike Lee

    Who do you think were the runner-ups? Go as far back as you want.

    I agree with most of these, though Ang Lee did come pretty close to winning Best Director for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the year 2000. He had won the Golden Globe, DGA, and BAFTA leading up to the Oscars while Steven Soderbergh kept splitting his support for Erin Brockovich and Traffic. I remember hearing Chris Beachum talk about this during last year’s Oscar pre-show slugfest that it was Soderbergh’s people later on in the season that decided to push Traffic more.

    In other years, you could make a case for Barry Levinson (1991), Michael Mann (1999), and Robert Altman (2001). Altman did win the Globe for Gosford Park, and was seen as the overdue veteran. Though Peter Jackson did win the BAFTA (an industry award) for directing and producing The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

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    1970 – Robert Altman
    1971 – Norman Jewison
    1972 – Francis Ford Coppola
    1973 – William Friedkin
    1974 – Roman Polanski
    1975 – Sidney Lumet
    1976 – Sidney Lumet
    1977 – George Lucas
    1978 – Hal Ashby
    1979 – Francis Ford Coppola
    1980 – Martin Scorsese
    1981 – Hugh Hudson
    1982 – Steven Spielberg
    1983 – Bruce Beresford
    1984 – David Lean
    1985 – Peter Weir
    1986 – Woody Allen
    1987 – Norman Jewison
    1988 – Mike Nichols
    1989 – Peter Weir

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    2000: Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    2001: Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    2002: Martin Scorcese, Gangs of New York
    2003: Peter Weir, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
    2004: Martin Scorcese, The Aviator
    2005: Paul Haggis, Crash
    2006: Alejandro G. Innaritu, Babel
    2007: Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
    2008: David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    2009: James Cameron, Avatar
    2010: David Fincher, The Social Network
    2011: Martin Scorcese, Hugo
    2012: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln *BEN AFFLECK
    2013: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
    2014: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
    2015: Adam McKay, The Big Short
    2016: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
    2017: Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
    2018: Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman 

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    2000: Ang Lee
    2001: Peter Jackson
    2002: Rob Marshall
    2003: Clint Eastwood
    2004: Martin Scorsese
    2005: Paul Haggis
    2006: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    2007: Paul Thomas Anderson
    2008: David Fincher
    2009: James Cameron
    2010: David Fincher
    2011: Martin Scorsese
    2012: Steven Speilberg
    2013: Steve McQueen
    2014: Richard Linklater
    2015: George Miller
    2016: Barry Jenkins
    2017: Jordan Peele
    2018: Spike Lee

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    1980: Martin Scorsese
    1981: Hugh Hudson
    1982: Steven Speilberg
    1983: Bruce Beresford
    1984: David Lean
    1985: John Huston
    1986: Woody Allen
    1987: Norman Jewison
    1988: Alan Parker
    1989: Jim Sheridan
    1990: Martin Scorsese
    1991: Barry Levinson
    1992: Neil Jordan
    1993: Jane Campion
    1994: Quentin Tarantino
    1995: Tim Robbins
    1996: Joel Coen
    1997: Curtis Hanson
    1998: John Madden
    1999: M. Night Shyamalan

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    1990 – Martin Scorsese
    1991 – Barry Levinson
    1992 – James Ivory
    1993 – Jane Campion
    1994 – Quentin Tarantino
    1995 – Chris Noonan
    1996 – Joel Coen
    1997 – Curtis Hanson
    1998 – John Madden
    1999 – Lasse Hallstrom
    2000 – Ridley Scott
    2001 – Peter Jackson
    2002 – Rob Marshall
    2003 – Clint Eastwood
    2004 – Martin Scorsese
    2005 – Paul Haggis
    2006 – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    2007 – Paul Thomas Anderson
    2008 – David Fincher
    2009 – James Cameron
    2010 – David Fincher
    2011 – Martin Scorsese
    2012 – Steven Spielberg
    2013 – Steve McQueen
    2014 – Richard Linklater
    2015 – Thomas McCarthy
    2016 – Barry Jenkins
    2017 – Christopher Nolan
    2018 – Spike Lee

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    1960 – Jack Cardiff
    1961 – Stanley Kramer
    1962 – Robert Mulligan
    1963 – Elia Kazan
    1964 – Robert Stevenson
    1965 – David Lean
    1966 – Mike Nichols
    1967 – Norman Jewison
    1968 – Anthony Harvey
    1969 – George Roy Hill

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    I don’t see how Christopher Nolan was second. There was no incentive passion for him to even be close to a win.

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    Agreed. I think Jordan Peele was second, tho you can argue for Greta as well.

    Well, since Lady Bird won nothing, I think Peele was a distant second. Then Gerwig and/or Nolan. I put him above PTA because the latter was a surprise.

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    Yeah I never bought the Gerwig buzz- the film wasn’t showy enough to win Best Director. It seemed the only narrative she had was that she was a female director in a category that always honors men.

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    Maybe.

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    Now that this year’s Oscars have just taken place last night, I think it’s very safe to assume that Sam Mendes was the runner-up for 1917. How could you possibly sweep through all the major precursors and not be considered the runner-up? Bong Joon-ho is now the first Best Director winner to knock down the big sweeper throughout the precursors since Steven Soderbergh for Traffic back in 2000.

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