Circuit Madness 2019: Directors – Round of 64 Opens for Voting!

Welcome to the second round of voting for Circuit Madness 2019! Our readers have picked their 12-seeds, and now it is time to jump into the voting! Let’s recap the race for the 12s, and open up the voting for the next round!

Which Films Earned the 12-Seeds? 

First up, we received hundreds of votes for the vote-in candidates for Circuit Madness 2019. Passion coalesced around a handful of options, but twenty-six of the thirty-one potential nominees received multiple votes. Of that group, ten directors picked up at least 5% of the total number of votes cast. That left us with a long list of:

  • Robert Benton – “Kramer vs. Kramer”
  • Robert Redford – “Ordinary People”
  • James L. Brooks – “Terms of Endearment”
  • Barry Levinson – “Rain Man”
  • Oliver Stone – “Born on the Fourth of July”
  • Mel Gibson – “Braveheart”
  • Ron Howard – “A Beautiful Mind”
  • Danny Boyle – “Slumdog Millionaire”
  • Tom Hooper – “The King’s Speech”
  • Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”

Within that group, two rose above the rest. Danny Boyle earned the most votes in the round, appearing on nearly half of the ballots cast. He will square off against Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for “West Side Story” in the first round.

The second seed into the tournament was Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” earning Lee his second entry in the dance. Lee will go up against the epic “Ben-Hur” from William Wyler.

Next in, Robert Redford joins Clint EastwoodWarren Beatty, and Kevin Costner as actors turned directors in the Circuit Madness 2019 field. Redford goes up against Kathryn Bigelow and “The Hurt Locker” in the first round.

The last feature to join the tournament, “Born on the Fourth of July” director Oliver Stone. Stone joins Lee as a two-time participant in the contest. His other film, “Platoon” picked up a 9-seed. “Born on the Fourth of July” matches up against Jonathan Demme for “Silence of the Lambs” in the next round.

Voting Opens for Circuit Madness 2019 Round of 64

With our 12-seeds set, we’re opening voting for the Round of 64. You can click on the headline above or the link below to open the ballot. We placed each division within a page of the survey, so make sure you go through all four pages to vote in each bracket. None of the individual matchups are mandatory, so if you genuinely don’t know who to support, you do not have to vote in that matchup.


Who are you voting for in this round of Circuit Madness 2019? Which Oscar-winning director will you be supporting? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!