Best Director, much like Best Picture seems pretty much locked up now that we are exactly one day away from The Academy Awards. Throughout the week, the staff here at The Awards Circuit put together our Will Win/Should Win list, if you followed all of our articles you would have noticed that we were all in agreement that Michel Hazanavicius will be the Director walking away with the Academy Award.
And the nominees are…
• The Artist- Michel Hazanavicius
• The Descendants -Alexander Payne
• Hugo- Martin Scorsese
• Midnight in Paris- Woody Allen
• The Tree of Life- Terrence Malick
In the beginning of the Awards Season it seemed like only two of the five nominees were going to have their names announced Oscar morning, those two names being Michel Hazanavicius and Alexander Payne. Both The Artist and The Descendants were head to head as frontrunners but soon the race changed and Martin Scorsese had his name being thrown around for Hugo. Then the Directors Guild released there nominations and to our surprise Woody Allen also found himself joining the race. And then Oscar morning, every Tree of Life fan gasped in excitement when Terrence Malick had his name announced as one of the nominees for Best Director.
Yet, while we are all excited to see Michel Hazanavicius win Best Director for The Artist, one director seems to be causing quite a stir of talk about a Best Director upset. That man, as well all know is, Martin Scorsese. I don’t see it happening given Hazanavicius has won DGA, and as we’ve seen throughout the years, whoever wins DGA will walk away with Best Director.
But this race is much like any Best Actress race when Meryl Streep is nominated; we always have the notion somewhere in the back of our heads that the frontrunner will lose to the veteran just because they are the veteran and clearly have more experience.
But, either way, let’s discuss the nominated directors.
|The Artist- Michel Hazanavicius
This artist accomplished making a successful black & white, silent film in an era of big explosions and ridiculous special effects. Hazanavicius made a beautiful commentary about the evolution of film, with a touching romance to round it off about two people who both represent a side of cinema seen in The Artist. Hazanavicius may have lost the Golden Globe (which to be honest doesn’t ever really make a difference) but he won the DGA, the hearts of audiences and is about to win Best Director Sunday night.
|The Descendants -Alexander Payne
Payne really has no shot of winning here. His movie was a frontrunner when the awards race began, but has slowly fallen beneath the strength of The Help and Hugo. If Payne is going to win an Oscar it will most likely be for Adapted Screenplay.
I absolutely loved Hugo and what Scorsese did with it. Much like The Artist, Hugo is an outstanding love letter to film that makes you feel such delight. The direction is alluring and it’s the type of film you can get so wrapped up in because of all the beauty it has. Hugo is a clear departure from Scorsese’s previous films, and not that my opinion would matter to a man of his stature; I would love to see him make more movies like this one. Scorsese is the only Director listed who can cause an upset for Hazanavicius, but with Scorsese having just been awarded a few years ago, and having it take so long to award him in the first place, I don’t see him causing any upset for Hazanavicius.
|Midnight in Paris- Woody Allen
It’s wonderful to see Woody Allen honored here for Midnight in Paris. He is one of the best filmmakers of all time and will go down in history for making such great and memorable films. But this year, Allen will most likely be honored in the Original Screenplay category and won’t be winning his second direction Oscar.
|The Tree of Life- Terrence Malick
There is no denying the love many have for Terrence Malick. Throughout this whole awards season and when the film was released, many have praised The Tree of Life for being a visual masterpiece. While I don’t feel the same way, I’m not going to belittle the enjoyment many have for it. The Tree of Life is not a movie for everyone, honestly, twenty minutes in I wanted to turn it off because I felt like I was back in middle school science class watching boring images of objects I couldn’t follow. And that shouldn’t make anyone doubt my understanding of the film, but I felt like I was watching 2 ½ hours of short scenes. Clearly, The Tree of Life has enough voters and love out there that the film and Malick scored a nomination. I know many are rooting for both the film and Malick to win, but maybe Malick’s next effort will be the one that gets awarded.
Predcited Winner: The Artist- Michel Hazanavicius
David Fincher: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stephen Daldry: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Nicolas Winding Refn: Drive
Steve McQueen: Shame
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