Academy Idol XII Round 3: Directors Week!


Within a few hours, the Director’s Guild of America is about to announce their picks for 2018. In anticipation of that, let’s get back into Academy Idol XII! We’re going to quickly name the top 3 and bottom 3 of Round Two. We’ll then open up the voting for the next round, where you will have 5 votes for your favorite directors of the year. With that in mind, let’s jump in!

Round 2 Results 

There are some really fun movies this year, but one has to go home already. However, let’s start with the films that are safe. The top 3 films of the round were:

  • A Star Is Born
  • The Favourite
  • Hereditary

The three films gained a significant lead early and quickly ran away with the vote. The winner of the round was “The Favourite,” a worthy winner for the Critics round. The film is 2nd for critics wins behind “Roma,” and seems to have a strong support system in place.

Now, let’s see who is safe this round. The following films made the cut, but were not in the top 3 or bottom 3.

  • A Quiet Place
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Roma
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Widows

That leaves us with a bottom 3 for the round. They were:

Black Panther

Eighth Grade

First Man

The fight at the bottom was surprising, but one film that started strong really fizzled out. Sadly, that mirrors it’s real-world performance as well. Sadly the staff pick, “First Man,” received less than half the vote total the last round, and will head home this week.

Round 3 Opens Voting

With “First Man” out of the race, we have a group of incredibly strong directors to choose from. We have some directors of color, including Alfonso CuaronSpike Lee, Ryan CooglerBarry JenkinsSteve McQueen, and Peter Ramsey. Animated films are represented by Wes Anderson, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, and Bob Persichetti. First-time directors, like Ari Aster, Bo Burnham, and actor-turned-director Bradley Cooper got love. Meanwhile, John Krasinski broke through in a big way, while Yorgos Lanthimos made his most accessible film to date. Sadly, no films directed by women made our cut this year. Hopefully, next year that will change.

With this in mind, the director’s branch is now open to vote! Click below to vote in Academy Idol XII! You get 5 votes this round. Make your votes count, and spread the word on Twitter with #AcademyIdol!

What do you think of the Top 12? Cast your votes and leave your choices per group in the comments below! Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below! 

Round 2 voting closes Jan. 9, 2018. Round 4 voting begins on Jan. 10, 2018. 

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Academy Idol XII Round 3 – Best Director