2016 Oscars: A Year for Minority Directors on the Horizon?

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alfonso_meandearlThe Oscar Predictions overhaul continues this month and next on the docket is Best Achievement in Directing.  

With Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu snagging the trophy for “Birdman,” all eyes are on him this year on “The Revenant.”  When it comes to looking far out, you can easily make a career case for many overdue auteurs and directors that have projects this year.  First on the list is Gus Van Sant who has found love with nominations for “Milk” and “Good Will Hunting” in his tenure, and arguably should have a trophy already.  But he can be a little “out there” for the Academy’s taste.  Richard Linklater is off a big loss for “Boyhood” and many will seek out his take on Baseball with “That’s What I’m Talking About.”  Ridley Scott and David O. Russell are also in play this year with “The Martian” and “Joy” but I won’t commit to any of those until I start seeing some footage and/or trailers.  

Newcomers are in full force like John Crowley (“Brooklyn”), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”), and Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”).  The small pocket of female directors are also out there this year like Jodie Foster with “Money Monster,” Courtney Hunt with “The Whole Truth,” and Angelina Jolie with “By the Sea.”  Former Oscar-winners will be playing for either their first trophies in Director or a second statue.  Quentin Tarantino has the love of the internet community already with “The Hateful Eight.”  Lovers of everything that surrounds Todd Haynes are already lining up for “Carol” while the other half of humanity will sit patiently for “Steve Jobs” from Danny Boyle.  Steven Spielberg is back in play with Tom Hanks on “St. James Place” while we can pray to the Academy Gods that Cary Fukunaga could have something special on his hands for “Beasts of No Nation.”  Ron Howard will be going big-time spectacle on “In the Heart of the Sea” and Jean-Marc Vallee is looking for a way to finally break through the director’s branch with “Demolition.”  

What about our other small pocket of minority directors?  Antoine Fuqua will team up with Jake Gyllenhaal and Harvey Weinstein for “Southpaw” and Alejandro Amenabar has Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson on “Regression.”  

There’s plenty more to bring up in the mean time that aren’t listed and many will either get pushed back or simply fall by the wayside.  Stay tuned.

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  • Luke McGowan

    For six months I argued that Unbroken would be a critical flop and bomb out at the Oscars. I was right when no one else thought so. And now here we are, back on the Jolie bandwagon, for absolutely no reason. She has not shown herself to be a talented director. Why on earth is she on your list? I actually want to hear reasons!

    • I AGREE!!! As great her name and beauty is, these factors should not lend to her being put in the directing chair. Some actors should NOT direct, and she is one of them!

      • Luke McGowan

        The picture they chose for her says it all, and it pisses me off. It looks more like a modelling headshot than a directorial profile.

  • Phillip Milner

    I find it hard to bet against O’Russel right now. That dude is on fire. Spielberg seems likely. Jodie Foster could benefit from the “Oscars hate Women” humblag. I have a good feeling about Ron Howard and I think the 5th spot will go to someone not listed here.

    I’d be surprised if Innaritu gets a nomination this year after stealing one from Linklater. I feel like the academy is gonna feel like they did him a huge favor and look elsewhere.