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The Oscar Quest: Best Directors Who Didn’t Win Best Director

Earlier today, I posted a “Best Pictures That Didn’t Win Best Picture” list, as a way for people to see some stuff that might not get as much press as the stuff that won. Of course, much of the list is populated with great films that everyone knows about. But the real point there is to show you the films that you might not recognize at first glance. The idea is: If I’m putting those films in the same category as the ones you do know, then maybe you should check them out.

Now I’m moving onto Best Director. Many of the efforts here are here because they’re great films. However, in many cases, they’re also here because the directorial effort is really strong. In fact, as I scroll down the list, I notice that all of the efforts I put on are really good in some way. These are efforts that, if you watched the films solely for their direction, you’d get quite a lot out of them, because they’re really well made. That’s how you should view this list — films to see if you want to learn what good directing is (that didn’t win an Oscar for directing).

As I said earlier when I posted the Best Pictures list, this is simply a list of all the great nominees for Oscars that never won. There’s no conjecture about whether or not it should have won — it’s simply, they were nominated, they didn’t win, they were great. Here they are: (more…)


The Oscar Quest: Best Pictures That Didn’t Win Best Picture

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. This is about as close to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians as I’m gonna get.

People talk all the time about what won Best Picture, but no one really spends any time talking about what didn’t win. There are a lot of great pictures that didn’t win Best Picture. Remember when Steven Spielberg presented Best Picture this past year? He said the film that won Best Picture would “join a list that includes On the Waterfront, Midnight Cowboy, The Godfather and The Deer Hunter,” and that the rest would “join a list that includes The Grapes of Wrath, Citizen Kane, The Graduate, and Raging Bull.”

Here is that second list. A list of all the films that didn’t win Best Picture (but were nominated) that are legitimately great films. This list DOES NOT take into account whether or not they should have won, or any of that conjecture. It’s simply what I consider the best films that were nominated for Best Picture but didn’t win. I want to give some press to the bridesmaids. Some of these films are practically forgotten today.

Some of them are classic films that we all know are great, some of them are great films that nobody knows about. Some of them are just amazingly good films to watch. Put it this way — if a film is on this list, you should check it out. I tried to restrict it to only the very best or the most entertaining. You’ll see what I mean. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything you find here. (Though some are personal choices.)

I’ve decided to limit the list to what I consider the top 100 films. (I’m also keeping the pas decade (2002-2011) off the list. I like letting a decade pass before making any decisions on the films). Another 50 films will also be at the bottom. (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your home on the wedding day of your daughter. And may their first child be a masculine child.”

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