Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I know that not a lot of people want Michel Hazanavicius to win, but setting aside their love for any number of the other directors below, did any of them do really extraordinary work? Not in the slightest. Woody Allen has never been one of directorial brilliance. His films are often reliant on his writing and the actors at work. Terrence Malick comes close, as you can't help but respect the ideas he has being thrown around, even if they don't align specifically with you. Scorsese's direction, though often lovely, is utterly inert this time around, and we don't get any of the flare he gave us in the past. And Alexander Payne? Seriously? Do we even have to discuss this? It's Hazanavicius' relatively extraordinary and playful direction that takes the championship here.

WILL & SHOULD WIN: Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist")
COULD WIN: Martin Scorsese ("Hugo")
SHOULD REALLY WIN: Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive")

1. Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist")
2. Terrence Malick ("The Tree of Life")
3. Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris")
4. Martin Scorsese ("Hugo")
5. Alexander Payne ("The Descendants")

1 comment:

  1. My should win is Tomas Afredson, which is weird because I didn't like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy overall, but I thought both the screenplay and the direction were just marvelous.