Circuit Madness 2019 Round 1 – Choose the 12 Seeds!

It’s March, and that means it is time for Circuit Madness! We have the first leg of our bracket ready to go thanks to Mark Johnson. Editor-In-Chief Clayton Davis, Johnson, and Karen Peterson collaborated on a great podcast discussing the bracket this year. Circuit Madness 2019 looks to crown a new champion. This year, we’re tackling the Best Director winners at Oscar, including the reigning champion Alfonso Cuarón.

In case you have not heard the seeding or divisions, here is a quick rundown of our tournament.

Bob Hope Division

  1. Francis Ford Coppola — “The Godfather Part II” (1974)
  2. Woody Allen — “Annie Hall” (1977)
  3. Steven Spielberg — “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)
  4. William Wyler — “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)
  5. Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins — “West Side Story” (1961)
  6. Joel & Ethan Coen — “No Country for Old Men” (2007)
  7. Joseph L. Mankiewicz — “All About Eve” (1950)
  8. Bob Fosse — “Cabaret” (1972)
  9. Alfonso Cuarón — “Gravity” (2013)
  10. Clint Eastwood — “Unforgiven” (1992)
  11. Fred Zinnemann — “From Here To Eternity” (1953)
  12. (VOTE-IN BY AWARDSCIRCUIT COMMUNITY)
  13. Frank Capra — “It Happened One Night” (1934)
  14. Lewis Milestone — “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930)
  15. Alejandro González Iñárritu — “The Revenant” (2015)
  16. Alfonso Cuarón — “Roma” (2018)

Billy Crystal Division

  1. David Lean — “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962)
  2. Victor Flemming — “Gone With the Wind” (1939)
  3. Robert Zemeckis — “Forrest Gump” (1994)
  4. Robert Wise — “The Sound of Music” (1965)
  5. William Wyler — “Ben-Hur” (1959)
  6. Alejandro González Iñárritu — “Birdman” (2014)
  7. Michael Cimino — “The Deer Hunter” (1978)
  8. Peter Jackson — “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003)
  9. John Schlesinger — “Midnight Cowboy” (1969)
  10. Damien Chazelle — “La La Land” (2016)
  11. William Friedkin — “The French Connection” (1971)
  12. (VOTE-IN BY AWARDSCIRCUIT COMMUNITY)
  13. Franklin J. Schaffner — “Patton” (1970)
  14. George Stevens — “A Place In The Sun” (1951)
  15. Bernardo Bertolucci — “The Last Emperor” (1987)
  16. Sydney Pollack — “Out of Africa” (1985)

Johnny Carson Division

  1. Michael Curtiz — “Casablanca” (1942)
  2. Elia Kazan — “On the Waterfront” (1954)
  3. Milos Forman — “Amadeus” (1984)
  4. James Cameron — “Titanic” (1997)
  5. Kathryn Bigelow — “The Hurt Locker” (2008)
  6. John Huston — “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948)
  7. George Ray Hill — “The Sting” (1973)
  8. John Ford — “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940)
  9. Oliver Stone — “Platoon” (1986)
  10. Ang Lee — “Brokeback Mountain” (2005)
  11. Sam Mendes — “American Beauty” (1999)
  12. (VOTE-IN BY AWARDSCIRCUIT COMMUNITY)
  13. Guillermo del Toro — “The Shape of Water” (2017)
  14. George Stevens — “Giant” (1956)
  15. Roman Polanski — “The Pianist” (2002)
  16. John Ford — “The Quiet Man” (1952)

Whoopi Goldberg Division

  1. Steven Spielberg — “Schindler’s List” (1993)
  2. Mike Nichols — “The Graduate” (1967)
  3. David Lean — “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957)
  4. Milos Forman — “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975)
  5. Jonathan Demme — “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)
  6. Billy Wilder — “The Apartment” (1960)
  7. John G. Avildsen — “Rocky” (1976)
  8. Richard Attenborough — “Gandhi” (1982)
  9. Martin Scorsese — “The Departed” (2006)
  10. Steven Soderbergh — “Traffic” (2001)
  11. George Cukor — “My Fair Lady” (1964)
  12. (VOTE-IN BY AWARDSCIRCUIT COMMUNITY)
  13. Anthony Minghella — “The English Patient” (1996)
  14. Warren Beatty – “Reds” (1981)
  15. Kevin Costner – “Dances With Wolves” (1990)
  16. Billy Wilder – “The Lost Weekend” (1945)

If you have not listened to the podcast, check it out on iTunes or by clicking here! With the bracket almost set, it is time to choose our twelve seeds in the upcoming tournament. In this round, you have four votes. Use them wisely to advance your favorite directors into the Round of 64!

VOTE HERE FOR Circuit Madness: Director 12 Seeds

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