As the NCAA tournament makes its turn toward declaring a National Champion, Circuit Madness is doing the same! We’re here to announce our Circuit Madness 2019: Directors Elite Eight contenders. This means giving the results of our Sweet 16 and breaking more hearts in the process. With so many talented directors remaining, who was voted the best of the best? It’s time for the results.
Circuit Madness 2019 Sweet 16 Results
Here are the results for the Sweet 16 round:
- The Corleone’s asserted their dominance over the New York gangs with (1) Francis Ford Coppola – “The Godfather Part II” rolling over (5) Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins – “The West Side Story” 70% to 30%
- (3) Steven Spielberg – “Saving Private Ryan” joins his buddy Francis in the Elite Eight with a victory over (7) Joseph L. Mankiewicz – “All About Eve”
- While (8) Peter Jackson – “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” demolishes (4) Robert Wise – “The Sound of Music,” who went from having two Sweet 16 contenders to out of the tournament.
- (10) Damien Chazelle – “La La Land” won’t stop dancing as he edges out (6) Alejandro González Iñárritu – “Birdman” 57% to 43%
- (1) Michael Curtiz – “Casablanca” handily overcomes the surging (5) Katheryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker” with a 76% to 24% victory
- (10) Ang Lee – “Brokeback Mountain” keeps up his Cinderella run with a 54% to 46% victory over (3) Milos Forman – “Amadeus.” He is the second 10-seed in the Elite Eight
- Steven Spielberg pulls off the double Elite Eight finish with (1) “Schindler’s List” edging out (5) Jonathan Demme – “The Silence of the Lambs”
- (2) Mike Nichols – “The Graduate” keeps his dreams alive with a 68% to 32% victory over (3) David Lean – “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” eliminating him from the tournament.
Here are some notes on our Elite Eight:
- Steven Spielberg finds himself with two of the remaining eight contenders in the competition. His direction on “Schindler’s List” is technically the favorite as it takes on Mike Nichols for “The Graduate.” Both of Spielberg’s wins are the remnants of the 1990s in the competition.
- “Casablanca” and “The Graduate” are the only two competitors remaining to have been released before 1970.
- Chazelle and Lee have kept their streaks alive. However, Chazelle goes up against fellow underdog Peter Jackson. Jackson has not been the favorite in a round since the Round of 64.
- Lee is the lone person of color left in the competition
- “Casablanca” and “Schindler’s List” were each shot in Black and White, take place during World War II, and each received at least eight nominations. While each received a Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nomination, neither won. Both went on to win Best Picture