Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Directors Roundtable!

Here it is, and it is far more interesting than the Actress Roundtable I posted a week ago.  The group is very conversational, with Affleck and O. Russell kind of owning this and Tarantino giving some great insight.  Lee and Van Sant hang back a bit, and Hooper comes off a tad pretentious, but overall this is pretty great and kept me engaged the whole time.

With this in mind, I'm giving a quick rundown on my current thoughts on the Director race.

It is time that I accept Spielberg as a threat to the win.  'Lincoln' is completely taking over as a real force.  I don't think it's going to pick up as many awards as people think it will, but the nomination tally will be insane.  Spielberg is in.  Affleck is in.  They are locked and loaded.  I'm not really sure either of them is winning at this point, but they are the safest bets for nominations at this point.

Sight unseen, Tarantino, Van Sant, Hooper (it has been partially seen by now) and Bigelow are all vying for a spot, but they have some stiff competition.

Lee has recieved great ink, as has O. Russell.  I hope Lee doesn't get in, and right now I think he's going to miss.  His film is too light, and while it's going to get some nominations, and maybe even a Best Picture nomination, I just don't see it really going to whole distance.  P.T. Anderson is a questionmark because he makes total sense as a lone director nomination but I don't think those really exist anymore and I don't think The Master is going to happen in Best Picture.  Still, I think he has an outside shot at a nomination.

So, for now, I'm hedging my bets on Affleck, Bigelow, Hooper, O. Russell, Spielberg.

This sounds about right to me.  We have a newbie and then three returning winners and that cool indie guy who got his big break and is coming back with a commercial film that is getting great ink.  O. Russell could be weak link, and if Django Unchained is a blast then Tarantino could make a dent, but my mind keeps telling me that this isn't going to happen.

Personally, here is my lineup at the moment.

Awards Tally:
David O. Russel] Hollywood Film Award
Behn Zeitlin] Gotham Award


  1. I suppose if anyone has to go it's Lee, but I think the film will still get a Best Picture nomination. Actually, I could seen your lineup happening, with PTA possibly replacing David O. Russell.

    Interesting lineup. Didn't know you liked The Deep Blue Sea that much.

    My director lineup looks rather weak at the moment. Can't wait to see films like Holy Motors, The Kid with a Bike, and Rust and Bone, because I'm sure my final lineup will be different.

    Ben Affleck, Argo
    Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
    Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises
    Joachim Trier, Oslo, August 31st
    Andy & Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas

  2. I kind of loved The Deep Blue Sea. I think it'll be an uphill battle for anyone to dethrone Weisz in my Actress category; she was beyond amazing.

    Your lineup doesn't look weak. Trier is just on the outside of mine, and Nolan makes my top 12 for now. I haven't seen the others.

    1. Nice. She's a worthy winner, but Simon Russell Beale stole that film, for me at least.

      I suppose I think my lineup's weak because I only have one foreign film nominated. Odd reasoning on my part.

    2. LOL, I know the feeling...